Sample records for readily processable polyimide

  1. Gold recovery process from polyimide film (United States)

    Houston, D. W.; Okamoto, G.


    Process economically separates gold from goldized polyimide film and other nonmetallic scrap without hazards of conventional processes. Technique uses nitric acid to destroy nonmetallic material, leaving gold intact.

  2. Acetylene (ethynyl) terminated polyimide siloxane and process for preparation thereof (United States)

    Stclair, T. L.; ASI primers applied over ste (Inventor)


    Siloxane containing addition polyimides having improved physical property characteristics of flexibility, drape, tack, and toughness and the process for preparing and utilizing the same are disclosed. The novelty of this invention appears to reside in the composition and process of preparing addition type polyimides useful as structural adhesives as well as composite matrix materials and the process of preparing the same.

  3. Polyimide and Metals MEMS Multi-User Processes

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    Arevalo, Arpys


    The development of a polyimide and metals multi-user surface micro-machining process for Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) is presented. The process was designed to be as general as possible, and designed to be capable to fabricate different designs on a single silicon wafer. The process was not optimized with the purpose of fabricating any one specific device but can be tweaked to satisfy individual needs depending on the application. The fabrication process uses Polyimide as the structural material and three separated metallization layers that can be interconnected depending on the desired application. The technology allows the development of out-of-plane compliant mechanisms, which can be combined with six variations of different physical principles for actuation and sensing on a single processed silicon wafer. These variations are: electrostatic motion, thermal bimorph actuation, capacitive sensing, magnetic sensing, thermocouple-based sensing and radio frequency transmission and reception.

  4. Process characterization of an aqueous developable photosensitive polyimide on a broadband stepper (United States)

    Flack, Warren W.; Kulas, Scott; Franklin, Craig L.


    The number of lithographic applications that require the use of photosensitive polyimides is rapidly increasing. The major applications for photosensitive polyimides include flip chip bumping, advanced packaging, passivation stress buffer relief and interlevel dielectric films. The thickness requirements for these applications can vary from less than 1 micron to more than 20 microns. For processing simplicity and total cost of ownership, it is desirable to use an aqueous developable polyimide to maintain compatibility with standard photoresist processes. Optical steppers offer significant advantages for processing thick photosensitive polyimides due to the tighter overlay and improved critical dimension (CD) control possible with these lithography tools versus contact printers or full wafer scanners. A stepper has an additional advantage with thick polyimide structures since the focus can be adjusted at various levels into the film, which will result in improved wall angles and enhanced aspect ratios. For this study the performance of a commercially available, positive acting, aqueous developable polyimide is examined over a range of thicknesses using a novel broadband exposure system. This stepper exposes photosensitive films using the full mercury vapor spectrum output from 350 nm to 450 nm (g, h and i line) and allows rapid exposure of both broadband as well as narrow spectral sensitive films. The system has been optimized for thick photoresists and polyimides and uses a combination of low numerical aperture with maximum wafer level intensity to achieve well formed images in thick films yet offers the advantages of tighter CD control and tight overlay inherent in projection optics. Basic photoresist characterization techniques established for thin films in IC manufacturing are applied to the photosensitive polyimide films. Cross sectional SEM analysis, process linearity and process windows are used to establish relative lithographic capabilities for different

  5. Counting pollen grains using readily available, free image processing and analysis software. (United States)

    Costa, Clayton M; Yang, Suann


    Although many methods exist for quantifying the number of pollen grains in a sample, there are few standard methods that are user-friendly, inexpensive and reliable. The present contribution describes a new method of counting pollen using readily available, free image processing and analysis software. Pollen was collected from anthers of two species, Carduus acanthoides and C. nutans (Asteraceae), then illuminated on slides and digitally photographed through a stereomicroscope. Using ImageJ (NIH), these digital images were processed to remove noise and sharpen individual pollen grains, then analysed to obtain a reliable total count of the number of grains present in the image. A macro was developed to analyse multiple images together. To assess the accuracy and consistency of pollen counting by ImageJ analysis, counts were compared with those made by the human eye. Image analysis produced pollen counts in 60 s or less per image, considerably faster than counting with the human eye (5-68 min). In addition, counts produced with the ImageJ procedure were similar to those obtained by eye. Because count parameters are adjustable, this image analysis protocol may be used for many other plant species. Thus, the method provides a quick, inexpensive and reliable solution to counting pollen from digital images, not only reducing the chance of error but also substantially lowering labour requirements.

  6. Process antecedents of challenging, under-cover and readily-adopted innovations. (United States)

    Adams, Richard; Tranfield, David; Denyer, David


    The purpose of the study is to test the utility of a taxonomy of innovation based on perceived characteristics in the context of healthcare by exploring the extent to which discrete innovation types could be distinguished from each other in terms of process antecedents. A qualitative approach was adopted to explore the process antecedents of nine exemplar cases of "challenging", "under-cover" and "readily-adopted" healthcare innovations. Data were collected by semi-structured interview and from secondary sources, and content analysed according to a theoretically informed framework of innovation process. Cluster analysis was applied to determine whether innovation types could be distinguished on the basis of process characteristics. The findings provide moderate support for the proposition that innovations differentiated on the basis of the way they are perceived by potential users exhibit different process characteristics. Innovations exhibiting characteristics previously believed negatively to impact adoption may be successfully adopted but by a different configuration of processes than by innovations exhibiting a different set of characteristics. The findings must be treated with caution because the sample consists of self-selected cases of successful innovation and is limited by sample size. Nevertheless, the study sheds new light on important process differences in healthcare innovation. The paper offers a heuristic device to aid clinicians and managers to better understand the relatively novel task of promoting and managing innovation in healthcare. The paper advances the argument that there is under-exploited opportunity for cross-disciplinary organisational learning for innovation management in the NHS. If efficiency and quality improvement targets are to be met through a strategy of encouraging innovation, it may be advantageous for clinicians and managers to reflect on what this study found mostly to be absent from the processes of the innovations studied

  7. Low-void polyimide resins for autoclave processing (United States)

    Jones, R. J.; Vaughan, R. W.


    Development of an advanced A-type polyimide, which can be used to produce autoclave molded, low-void content composites suitable for use at temperatures up to 316 C is reported. It consists of a mixture of methyl nadic anhydride, an 80:20 molar ratio of methylene dianaline and thiodianilene, and pyromellitic dianhydride.

  8. A versatile multi-user polyimide surface micromachinning process for MEMS applications

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    Carreno, Armando Arpys Arevalo


    This paper reports a versatile multi-user micro-fabrication process for MEMS devices, the \\'Polyimide MEMS Multi-User Process\\' (PiMMPs). The reported process uses polyimide as the structural material and three separate metallization layers that can be interconnected depending on the desired application. This process enables for the first time the development of out-of-plane compliant mechanisms that can be designed using six different physical principles for actuation and sensing on a wafer from a single fabrication run. These principles are electrostatic motion, thermal bimorph actuation, capacitive sensing, magnetic sensing, thermocouple-based sensing and radio frequency transmission and reception. © 2015 IEEE.

  9. Physical deposition of thin polyimide layers by applying an argon plasma assisted process

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    Dimov, D; Georgiev, A; Spassova, E; Assa, J; Dineff, P; Danev, G, E-mail: dean@clf.bas.b


    A novel method for physical deposition of thin polyimide layers by applying an argon plasma assisted process has been developed. The influence of the plasma on the combined molecular flux of the two thermally evaporated precursors - 4,4'- oxydianiline and pyromellitic dianhydride was investigated. The process parameters were changed in the limlts 0,4 - 2 A for the anode current and 80 - 170 V for the anode voltage. Their influence was studied using FTIR spectroscopy and electron microscopy techniques. It was proposed that the plasma flux crossing the molecular flows of the polyimide precursors enhances the imidization process by partly activating the precursor molecules in the gas phase.

  10. Using a Readily Available Commercial Spreadsheet to Teach a Graduate Course on Chemical Process Simulation (United States)

    Clarke, Matthew A.; Giraldo, Carlos


    Chemical process simulation is one of the most fundamental skills that is expected from chemical engineers, yet relatively few graduates have the opportunity to learn, in depth, how a process simulator works, from programming the unit operations to the sequencing. The University of Calgary offers a "hands-on" postgraduate course in…

  11. Measurement and analysis of thickness change in the curing and drying processes of polyimide films

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    Kook, H.J.; Kim, D.J. [Sung Kyun Kwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)


    The thickness change of semirigid polyimide, pyromellitic dianhydride-4,4`-oxydianiline (PMDA-ODA), films during the curing and drying processes was monitored using laser interferometer system and the effects of scanning rate and pre-baking time on it were analyzed. The variation of imidization extent in the curing process for different temperature scanning rates was investigated using Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy. As the pre-baking time increased, the initial film thickness in the curing process decreased significantly. As the temperature scanning rate increased, the temperatures at which the variation of film thickness and imidization extent started and completed increased. The values of film thickness were higher for higher scanning rates at the same temperatures in the curing process. The thermal expansion coefficient of cured polyimide film was determined from measurement of the temperature dependence of film thickness. In the drying process of swelled polyimide films, the temperature dependence of solvent diffusion coefficient was determined from the curve fitting of the theoretical time dependent fractional solvent mass residue in the film to the experimental results obtained at varying temperatures,with the extraction of the activation energy from it.

  12. Experiments Related to the Fabrication of Carbon Fiber/AMB-21 Polyimide Composite Tubes Using the RTM Process (United States)

    Exum, Daniel


    AMB-21 is a new polymer developed by Mr. Ray Vannucci, NASA, LeRC as a noncarcinogenic polyimide matrix which may be suitable for fabricating composite parts by the Resin Transfer Modeling (RTM) process. The polyimide for this project was prepared at the Center of Composite Materials Research at N.C. A&T State University because it is not currently an item of commerce. The RTM process is especially suitable for producing geometrically complex composite parts at a low cost. Because of the high melting point and very high viscosity at the time of processing, polyimides have not been extensively used in the RTM process. The process for preparing AMB-21 as well as the process for fabricating composite plates will be described. The basic fabrication process consists of injecting a solvent solution of AMP-21 into a carbon fiber preform, evaporating the solvent, imidizing the polyimide, and vacuum/compression modeling the impregnated preform. All the above molding steps are preformed in a specially designed RTM mold which will be described. The results of this process have been inconsistent. Where as some experiments have resulted in a reasonably sound panels, others have not. Further refinements of the process are required to establish a reliable process.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Processable and Flexible Polyimides Containing 3,6-Di(4-carboxyphenylpyromellitic Dianhydride

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    Muhammad Kaleem Khosa


    Full Text Available A series of six novel polyimides containing 3,6-di(4-carboxyphenylpyromellitic dianhydride were synthesized via two steps condensation method. Aromatic diamines monomers, 4-(4-aminophenoxy-N-(4-(4-aminophenoxybenzylidene-3-chloroaniline (DA1, 4-(4-amino-3-methylphenoxy-N-(4-(4-amino-3-methylphenoxybenzylidene-3-chloroaniline (DA2, 4-(4-amino-2-methylphenoxy-N-(4-(4-amino-2-methylphenoxybenzylidene-3-chloroaniline (DA3 4-(4-aminophenoxy-N-(4-(4-aminophenoxybenzylidene-2-methylaniline (DA4, 4-(4-amino-3-methylphenoxy-N-(4-(4-amino-3-methylphenoxybenzylidene-2-methylaniline (DA5, and 4-(4-amino-2-methylphenoxy-N-(4-(4-amino-2-methylphenoxybenzylidene-2-methylaniline (DA6 were prepared and used to synthesize new polyimides by reaction with resynthesized 3,6-di(4-carboxyphenylpyromellitic dianhydride by using two-step condensation method. The inherent viscosities of polyimides range from 0.68–1.04 dL gm−1 and were soluble in polar solvents. Polyimides have excellent thermal stability by showing 10% weight loss temperature was above 450°C. Their glass transition temperatures lie in the range of 250–335°C. Wide-angle X-ray diffractometer investigations revealed the amorphous nature of polyimides. Therefore, these polymers can be a potential candidate as processable high performance polymeric materials.

  14. MicroRNA-guided processing impairs Plum pox virus replication, but the virus readily evolves to escape this silencing mechanism. (United States)

    Simón-Mateo, Carmen; García, Juan Antonio


    Since the discovery of microRNA (miRNA)-guided processing, a new type of RNA silencing, the possibility that such a mechanism could play a role in virus defense has been proposed. In this work, we have analyzed whether Plum pox virus (PPV) chimeras bearing miRNA target sequences (miR171, miR167, and miR159), which have been reported to be functional in Arabidopsis, were affected by miRNA function in three different host plants. Some of these PPV chimeras had clearly impaired infectivity compared with those carrying nonfunctional miRNA target sequences. The behaviors of PPV chimeras were similar but not identical in all the plants tested, and the deleterious effect on virus infectivity depended on the miRNA sequence cloned and on the site of insertion in the viral genome. The effect of the miRNA target sequence was drastically alleviated in transgenic plants expressing the silencing suppressor P1/HCPro. Furthermore, we show that virus chimeras readily escape RNA silencing interference through mutations within the miRNA target sequence, which mainly affected nucleotides matching the 5'-terminal region of the miRNA.

  15. A simulated RTM process for fabricating polyimide (AMB-21) carbon fiber composites (United States)

    Avva, V. Sarma; Sadler, Robert L.; Thomas, Shanon


    An experimental polyimide matrix, AMB-21 - supplied by NASA/LeRC, was especially formulated to be non-carcinogenic. It was also expected to be amenable to a Resin Transfer Molding Process (RTM). AMB-21 is a solid at room temperature and must be heated to a very high temperature to obtain a fluid state. However, even after heating it to a realistic high temperature, it was found to be too viscous for use in a RTM process. As a result, a promising approach was experimented leading to the introduction of the resin into a solvent solution in order to obtain a viscosity suitable for RTM. A mixture of methanol and tetrahydroferone was found to be a suitable solvent mixture. The matrix solution was introduced into carbon-fiber preform using two techniques: (1) injection of matrix into a Resin Transfer Mold after positioning the preform into the 'mold cavity', and (2) infiltration of matrix into the preform using the 'autoclave through-the-thickness transfer process'. After completing the resin transfer (infiltration) process, the 'filled' preform was heated to 300 F for one hour to reduce the solvent content. The temperature was then increased to 400 F under a vacuum to complete the solvent evaporation and to remove volatile products of the polyimide imidization. The impregnated preform was removed from the mold and press-cured at 200 psi and 600 FF for two hours. The resulting panel was found to be of reasonably good quality. This observation was based on the results obtained from short beam shear strength (700-8000 psi) tests and microscopic examination of the cross-section indicating a very low level of porosity. Further, the flash around the molded panels from the compression molding was free of porosity indicating the removal of volatiles, solvents, and other imidization products. Based on these studies, a new RTM mold containing a diaphragm capable of applying 200 psi at 600 F has been designed and constructed with the expectation that it will allow the

  16. Development and demonstration of manufacturing processes for fabricating graphite/Larc-160 polyimide structural elements, part 4, paragraph B (United States)


    Progress in the development of processes for production of Celion/LARC-160 graphite-polyimide materials, quality control, and the fabrication of Space Shuttle composite structure components is reported. Liquid chromatographic analyses of three repeatibility batches were performed and are compared to previous Hexcel standard production and to variables study LARC-160 intermediate resins. Development of processes for chopped fiber molding are described and flexural strength, elastic modulus, and other physical and mechanical properties of the molding are presented.

  17. Development of a Multi-User Polyimide-MEMS Fabrication Process and its Application to MicroHotplates

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    Lizardo, Ernesto B.


    Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) became possible thanks to the silicon based technology used to fabricate integrated circuits. Originally, MEMS fabrication was limited to silicon based techniques and materials, but the expansion of MEMS applications brought the need of a wider catalog of materials, including polymers, now being used to fabricate MEMS. Polyimide is a very attractive polymer for MEMS fabrication due to its high temperature stability compared to other polymers, low coefficient of thermal expansion, low film stress and low cost. The goal of this thesis is to expand the Polyimide usage as structural material for MEMS by the development of a multi-user fabrication process for the integration of this polymer along with multiple metal layers on a silicon substrate. The process also integrates amorphous silicon as sacrificial layer to create free-standing structures. Dry etching is used to release the devices and avoid stiction phenomena. The developed process is used to fabricate platforms for micro-hotplate gas sensors. The fabrication steps for the platforms are described in detail, explaining the process specifics and capabilities. An initial testing of the micro-hotplate is presented. As the process was also used as educational tool, some designs made by students and fabricated with the Polyimide-MEMS process are also presented.

  18. Characterization of the Structure-Processing-Performance Relations of Phenylethynyl Phthalic Anhydride Crosslinked Fluorinated Polyimides (AFR-PEPA-N) and Their Carbon Fiber Composites (United States)


    FA9550-04-1-0137 Relations of Phenylethynyl Phthalic Anhydride Crosslinked Fluorinated Polyimides (AFR-PEPA-N) and Their Carbon Fiber Composites 5b. GRANT...structure-processing-performance relations of phenylethynyl phthatic anhydride crosslinked fluorinated polyimides (AFR-PEPA-N) and their carbon fiber...Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39.18 FINAL REPORT CHARACTERIZATION OF THE STRUCTURE - PROCESSING - PERFORMANCE RELATIONS OF PHENYLETHYNYL PHTHALIC

  19. PMR polyimide composites for aerospace applications (United States)

    Serafini, T. T.


    Fiber reinforced PMR polyimides are finding increased acceptance as engineering materials for high performance structural applications. Prepreg materials based on this novel class of highly processable, high temperature resistant polyimides, are commercially available and the PMR concept was incorporated in several industrial applications. The status of PMR polyimides is reviewed. Emphasis is given to the chemistry, processing, and applications of the first generation PMR polyimides known as PMR-15.

  20. PMR polyimide composites for aerospace applications. [Polymerization of Monomer Reactants (United States)

    Serafini, T. T.


    A novel class of addition-type polyimides has been developed in response to the need for high temperature polymers with improved processability. The new plastic materials are known as PMR (for in situ polymerization of monomer reactants) polyimides. The highly processable PMR polyimides have made it possible to realize much of the potential of high temperature resistant polymers. Monomer reactant combinations for several PMR polyimides have been identified. The present investigation is concerned with a review of the current status of PMR polyimides. Attention is given to details of PMR polyimide chemistry, the processing of composites and their properties, and aerospace applications of PMR-15 polyimide composites.

  1. Slot-die Coating of a High Performance Copolymer in a Readily Scalable Roll Process for Polymer Solar Cells

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    Helgesen, Martin; Carlé, Jon Eggert; Krebs, Frederik C


    Copolymers based on dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]silole (DTS) and dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (TTz) are synthesized and tested in an all-solution roll process for polymer solar cells (PSCs). Fabrication of polymer:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) solar cells is done on a previously...... above 200 nm. Power conversion efficiencies of up to 3.5% can be reached with the roll-coated PDTSTTz-4:PCBM solar cells that, together with good process control and high device yield, designate PDTSTTz-4 as a convincing candidate for high-throughput roll-to-roll production of PSCs....

  2. Development and demonstration of manufacturing processes for fabricating graphite/Larc-160 polyimide structural elements, part 4, paragraph C (United States)


    Progress in the development of processes for production of Celion/LARC-160 graphite-polyimide materials, quality control methods, and the fabrication of Space Shuttle composite structure components is reported. The formulation and processing limits for three batches of resin are presented. Process improvements for simplification of the imidizing and autoclave cure cycles are described. Imidized and autoclave cured test panels were prepared. Celion/LARC-160 cure process verification and the fabrication of honeycomb sandwich panel elements and skin/stringer panels are described. C-scans of laminates imidized at 163 C to 218 C for periods from 30 to 180 minutes, and of process verification laminates made from different batches of prepreg are presented. Failure modes and load/strain characteristics of sandwich elements and C-scans of stringer to skin bond joints are also given.

  3. Peculiarities of the initial stages of carbonization processes in polyimide-based nanocomposite films containing carbon nanoparticles

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    I.V. Gofman


    Full Text Available Carbonization of the polyimide-based composite films containing carbon nanoparticles, namely nanofibers and nanocones/disks, in the temperature range 500–550°C was studied and the kinetics of the initial stage of carbonization and the effect of the filler on the mechanical properties of the carbonized films were evaluated. Two polyimides (PIs characterized by different macrochains’ rigidity and different degrees of ordering of the intermolecular structure were used. The character of the nanofiller’s action on the kinetics of the carbonization process depends on the heating rate. In this work, the intensity of the destruction of the PI matrix of the composite films was shown to be slightly higher than that of films of the same polymers with no filler. The introduction of the carbon nanoparticles into both PIs provokes the increase in the ultimate deformation values of the partially carbonized films, while the carbonization of the unfilled PI films yields the brittle materials. The Young’s modulus values of the materials based on the rigid-rod PI do not increase after carbonization, while those for compositions based on the PI with semi-rigid chains increase substantially. Carbon nanocones/disks are characterized by the best compatibility with matrix PIs in comparison with carbon nanofibers.

  4. PMR polyimides-review and update (United States)

    Serafini, T. T.; Delvigs, P.; Alston, W. B.


    Fiber reinforced PMR polyimides are finding increased acceptance as engineering materials for high performance structural applications. Prepreg materials based on this novel class of highly processable, high temperature resistant polyimides are commercially available and the PMR concept is used by other investigators. The current status of first and second generation PMR polyimides were reviewed. Emphasis is given to the chemistry, processing and applications of the first generation material known as PMR-15.

  5. Epoxy/Glass and Polyimide (LaRC(TradeMark) PETI-8)/Carbon Fiber Metal Laminates Made by the VARTM Process (United States)

    Cano, Roberto J.; Loos, Alfred C.; Jensen, Brian J.; Britton, Sean M.; Tuncol, Goker; Long, Kai


    Recent work at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) has concentrated on developing new polyimide resin systems for advanced aerospace applications that can be processed without the use of an autoclave. Polyimide composites are very attractive for applications that require a high strength to weight ratio and thermal stability. Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) has shown the potential to reduce the manufacturing cost of composite structures. Fiber metal laminates (FML) made via this process with aluminum, glass fabric, and epoxy resins have been previously fabricated at LaRC. In this work, the VARTM process has been refined for epoxy/glass FMLs and extended to the fabrication of FM Ls with titanium/carbon fabric layers and a polyimide system developed at NASA, LARC(TradeMark) PETI-8. Resin flow pathways were introduced into the titanium foils to aid the infiltration of the polyimide resin. Injection temperatures in the range of 250-280 C were required to achieve the necessary VARTM viscosities (<10 Poise). Laminate quality and initial mechanical properties will be presented.

  6. Bonded polyimide fuel cell package (United States)

    Morse, Jeffrey D.; Jankowski, Alan; Graff, Robert T.; Bettencourt, Kerry


    Described herein are processes for fabricating microfluidic fuel cell systems with embedded components in which micron-scale features are formed by bonding layers of DuPont Kapton.TM. polyimide laminate. A microfluidic fuel cell system fabricated using this process is also described.

  7. Review of Polyimides Used in the Manufacturing of Micro Systems (United States)

    Wilson, William C.; Atkinson, Gary M.


    Since their invention, polyimides have found numerous uses in MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. Polyimides can act as photoresist, sacrificial layers, structural layers, and even as a replacement for silicon as the substrate during MEMS fabrication. They enable fabrication of both low and high aspect ratio devices. Polyimides have been used to fabricate expendable molds and reusable flexible molds. Development of a variety of devices that employ polyimides for sensor applications has occurred. Micro-robotic actuator applications include hinges, thermal actuators and residual stress actuators. Currently, polyimides are being used to create new sensors and devices for aerospace applications. This paper presents a review of some of the many uses of polyimides in the development of MEMS devices, including a new polyimide based MEMS fabrication process.

  8. Study of the degradation process of polyimide induced by high energetic ion irradiation

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    Severin, Daniel


    The dissertation focuses on the radiation hardness of Kapton under extreme radiation environment conditions. To study ion-beam induced modifications, Kapton foils were irradiated at the GSI linear accelerator UNILAC using several projectiles (e.g. Ti, Mo, Au, and U) within a large fluence regime (1 x 10{sup 10}-5 x 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}). The irradiated Kapton foils were analysed by means of infrared and UV/Vis spectroscopy, tensile strength measurement, mass loss analysis, and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. For testing the radiation stability of Kapton at the cryogenic operation temperature (5-10 K) of the superconducting magnets, additional irradiation experiments were performed at the Grand Accelerateur National d' Ions Lourds (GANIL, France) focusing on the online analysis of the outgassing process of small volatile degradation fragments. The investigations of the electrical properties analysed by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy exhibit a different trend: high fluence irradiations with light ions (e.g. Ti) lead to a slight increase of the conductivity, whereas heavy ions (e.g. Sm, Au) cause a drastic change already in the fluence regime of nonoverlapping tracks (5 x 10{sup 10} ions/cm{sup 2}). Online analysis of the outgassing process during irradiation at cryogenic temperatures shows the release of a variety of small gaseous molecules (e.g. CO, CO{sub 2}, and short hydro carbons). Also a small amount of large polymer fragments is identified. The results allow the following conclusions which are of special interest for the application of Kapton as insulating material in a high-energetic particle radiation environment. a) The material degradation measured with the optical spectroscopy and tensile strength tests are scalable with the dose deposited by the ions. The high correlation of the results allows the prediction of the mechanical degradation with the simple and non-destructive infrared spectroscopy. The degradation curve points to a

  9. Optical polyimides for single-mode waveguides (United States)

    Beuhler, Allyson J.; Wargowski, David A.; Kowalczyk, Tony C.; Singer, Kenneth D.


    The synthesis and optical characterization of fluorinated polyimide systems with potential use in passive waveguides and electro-optic devices is reported. The effect of fluorination on optical properties such as refractive index, birefringence, and near-infrared absorbance is reviewed in terms of optical performance requirements. Synthetic methods of tuning the refractive index in order to achieve appropriate core/cladding differentials is discussed. The relation between processing parameters and refractive index for several polyimide structures also is reported. We describe the microlithographic fabrication of a multilayer polyimide rib- type waveguide that is suitable for single mode guiding. The waveguide is fabricated using photosensitive polyimide systems via negative resist imaging. A comparison of wall profiles and resolution limits afforded by the wet-chemical patterning techniques is presented. Results on channel guide coupling, propagation, and loss are described, as well as progress in producing active guides.

  10. Polyimide/polyamideimide composites from different polyimide precursors

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    Kim, J.B. [Chonnam National University, Kwangju (Korea); Choi, Y.H. [Kumho Industry Ltd., Kwangju (Korea); Yim, B.T.; Park, J.S. [Kumho Petroleum Chemical Co., Taejeon (Korea)


    The various compositions of polyimide (PI)/polyamideimide (PAI) composites were prepared by heat treatment of the solvent cast PI precursors/PAI blends. The optical micrographs showed that a good compatibility was observed between poly(amic acid) (PAA) and PAI, but in the case of PAME/PAI mixtures, a phase separation apparently occurred due to the absence of ionic and/ or H{sub b}onding forces. Regardless of PI precursors, the similar tensile properties were observed. The tensile modulus of the composites were higher than that of the neat polyimide. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the composites showed that the chain rearrangement of PI was increased due to the plasticizing effect of PAI, which has lower glass transition temperature than that of PI, during thermal imidization process. (author)., 14 refs., 1 tab., 8 figs.

  11. The hydrolysis of polyimides (United States)

    Hoagland, P. D.; Fox, S. W.


    Thermal polymerization of aspartic acid produces a polysuccinimide (I), a chain of aspartoyl residues. An investigation was made of the alkaline hydrolysis of the imide rings of (I) which converts the polyimide to a polypeptide. The alkaline hydrolysis of polyimides can be expected to be kinetically complex due to increasing negative charge generated by carboxylate groups. For this reason, a diimide, phthaloyl-DL-aspartoyl-beta-alanine (IIA) was synthesized for a progressive study of the hydrolysis of polyimides. In addition, this diimide (IIA) can be related to thalidomide and might be expected to exhibit similar reactivity during hydrolysis of the phthalimide ring.

  12. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films (United States)

    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan


    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  13. Development of Solution-Processable, Optically Transparent Polyimides with Ultra-Low Linear Coefficients of Thermal Expansion

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    Masatoshi Hasegawa


    Full Text Available This paper reviews the development of new high-temperature polymeric materials applicable to plastic substrates in image display devices with a focus on our previous results. Novel solution-processable colorless polyimides (PIs with ultra-low linear coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE are proposed in this paper. First, the principles of the coloration of PI films are briefly discussed, including the influence of the processing conditions on the film coloration, as well as the chemical and physical factors dominating the low CTE characteristics of the resultant PI films to clarify the challenges in simultaneously achieving excellent optical transparency, a very high Tg, a very low CTE, and excellent film toughness. A possible approach of achieving these target properties is to use semi-cycloaliphatic PI systems consisting of linear chain structures. However, semi-cycloaliphatic PIs obtained using cycloaliphatic diamines suffer various problems during precursor polymerization, cyclodehydration (imidization, and film preparation. In particular, when using trans-1,4-cyclohexanediamine (t-CHDA as the cycloaliphatic diamine, a serious problem emerges: salt formation in the initial stages of the precursor polymerization, which terminates the polymerization in some cases or significantly extends the reaction period. The system derived from 3,3′,4,4′-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (s-BPDA and t-CHDA can be polymerized by a controlled heating method and leads to a PI film with relatively good properties, i.e., excellent light transmittance at 400 nm (T400 = ~80%, a high Tg (>300 °C, and a very low CTE (10 ppm·K−1. However, this PI film is somewhat brittle (the maximum elongation at break, εb max is about 10%. On the other hand, the combination of cycloaliphatic tetracarboxylic dianhydrides and aromatic diamines does not result in salt formation. The steric structures of cycloaliphatic tetracarboxylic dianhydrides significantly influence

  14. One step process of decomposition and polymerization to fabricate SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres/polyimide composite for foldable OLEDs

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    Kim, Min Kyu [SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) and Center for Human Interface Nano Technology (HINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Won; Moon, Soo Hyun [School of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong-Wook [SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) and Center for Human Interface Nano Technology (HINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Oh, Tae Sik [School of Mechanical and ICT Convergence Engineering, Sunmoon University, Asan 336-708 (Korea, Republic of); Yoo, Ji Beom, E-mail: [SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT) and Center for Human Interface Nano Technology (HINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); School of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)


    Graphical abstract: The SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres and polyimide hybrid synthesized using one step process, simultaneous occurrence of decomposition and polymerization (SODP) is useful with a ultra-low dielectric constant and high thermal stability for flexible OLED. - Highlights: • We fabricated hybrid films of SHS/PI by using a one step process with SODP. • The film has ultralow dielectric constant (50 vol% at k = 1.67). • There is no collapse of SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres in the PI matrix after bending test for 50,000 cycles. - Abstract: The fabrication of interlayer dielectrics (ILDs) in flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) requires flexible materials with a low dielectric constant as well as materials with excellent electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties for optimal device performance. Hybrid films of SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres (SHS)/polyimide (PI) were prepared using a one-step process, with simultaneous occurrence of decomposition (polystyrene, PS) and polymerization (PI) (SODP). No collapse of SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres in PI was observed from 10 vol% to 60 vol% SHS in hybrid films. The dielectric constant of hybrid films was reduced from 3.45 to 1.67 and was saturated at above 50 vol% of SHS due to the maximum fill factor of SHS in the PI matrix. The thermal stability was excellent up to 500 °C due to the inherent thermal property of PI. After a bending test for 50,000 cycles at a bending radius of 1 mm, the SHS/PI hybrid films retained their dielectric constant and current density. These results indicate the hybrid film to be the most promising candidate for flexible ILDs with a low dielectric constant and high thermal stability for foldable OLEDs.

  15. Synthesis, Processing, and Characterization of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Cross-Linked Silica, Organic Polyimide, and Inorganic Aluminosilicate Aerogels (United States)

    Nguyen, Baochau N.; Guo, Haiquan N.; McCorkle, Linda S.


    As aerospace applications become ever more demanding, novel insulation materials with lower thermal conductivity, lighter weight and higher use temperature are required to fit the aerospace application needs. Having nanopores and high porosity, aerogels are superior thermal insulators, among other things. The use of silica aerogels in general is quite restricted due to their inherent fragility, hygroscopic nature, and poor mechanical properties, especially in extereme aerospace environments. Our research goal is to develop aerogels with better mechanical and environmental stability for a variety of aeronautic and space applications including space suit insulation for planetary surface missions, insulation for inflatable structures for habitats, inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for entry, descent and landing (EDL) operations, and cryotank insulation for advance space propulsion systems. Different type of aerogels including organic-inorganic polymer reinforced (hybrid) silica-based aerogels, polyimide aerogels and inorganic aluminosilicate aerogels have been developed and examined.

  16. Polyimides Derived from Novel Asymmetric Benzophenone Dianhydrides (United States)

    Chuang, Chun-Hua (Inventor)


    This invention relates to the composition and processes for preparing thermoset polyimides derived from an asymmetric dianhydride, namely 2,3,3',4'-benzophenone dianhydride (a-BTDA) with at least one diamine, and a monofunctional terminal endcaps. The monofunctional terminating groups include 4-phenylethynylphthalic anhydride ester-acid derivatives, phenylethyl trimellitic anhydride (PETA) and its ester derivatives as well as 3-phenylethynylaniline. The process of polyimide composite comprises impregnating monomer reactants of dianhydride or its ester-acid derivatives, diamine and with monofunctional reactive endcaps into glass, carbon, quartz or synthetic fibers and fabrics, and then stack up into laminates and subsequently heated to between C. either at atmosphere or under pressure to promote the curing and crosslinking of the reactive endcaps to form a network of thermoset polyimides.

  17. Polyimides: Thermally stable aerospace polymers (United States)

    St.clair, A. K.


    An up to date review of available commercial and experimental high temperature polyimide resins which show potential for aerospace applications is presented. Current government research trends involving the use of polyimides as matrix resins for structural composites are discussed. Both the development of polyimides as adhesives for bonding metals and composites, and as films and coatings for use in an aerospace environment are reviewed. In addition, future trends for polyimides are proposed.

  18. Acetylene-Terminated Polyimide Siloxanes (United States)

    St. Clair, Terry L.; Maudgal, Shubba


    Siloxane-containing addition polyimides yield toughened high-temperature adhesives and matrix resins. Addition polyimide made by reaction of aromatic tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride with aromatic diamine in presence of ethynyl-substituted aromatic monoamine. Acetylene-terminated siloxane imide cured by heating to yield acetylene-terminated polyimide siloxane.

  19. Fiber study involving a polyimide matrix

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    Cano, R.J. [NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (United States); Rommel, M. [Northop Grumman Corp., Pico Rivera, CA (United States); Hinkley, J.A.; Estes, E.D. [NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (United States)


    Mechanical properties are presented for eight different intermediate modulus carbon fiber/ polyimide matrix composites. Two unsized carbon fibers (Thornel T650-42 and Hercules IM9) and two sized carbon fibers (high temperature sized Thornel T650-42 HTS and epoxy sized Toray T1000) were prepregged on the NASA LaRC Multipurpose Tape Machine using the NASA LaRC developed polyimide resin matrix, LaRC{trademark}-PETI-5, and the DuPont developed Avitnid{reg_sign} R1-16. Composite panels fabricated from these prepregs were evaluated to determine their mechanical properties. The data show the effects of using sized fibers on the processing and mechanical properties of polyimide composites.

  20. Polyimide nanocomposites based on cubic zirconium tungstate (United States)

    Ramasubramanian Sharma, Gayathri


    In this research, cubic zirconium tungstate (ZrW2O8) was used as a filler to reduce the CTE of polyimides (PI), and the effect of ZrW2O8 nanoparticles on the bulk polymer properties was studied. Polyimides are high performance polymers with exceptional thermal stability, and there is a need for PIs with low CTEs for high temperature applications. The nanofiller, cubic ZrW2O8, is well known for its isotropic negative thermal expansion (NTE) over a wide temperature range from -272.7 to 777°C. The preparation of nanocomposites involved the synthesis of ZrW 2O8 nanofiller, engineering the polymer-filler interface using linker groups and optimization of processing strategies to prepare free-standing PI nanocomposite films. A hydrothermal method was used to synthesize ZrW 2O8 nanoparticles. Polyimide-ZrW2O8 interface interaction was enhanced by covalently bonding linker moieties to the surface of ZrW2O8 nanoparticles. Specifically, ZrW 2O8 nanoparticles were functionalized with two different linker groups: (1) a short aliphatic silane, and (2) low molecular weight PI. The surface functionalization was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Reprecipitation blending was used to prepare the freestanding PI-ZrW2O8 nanocomposite films with up to 15 volume% filler loading. SEM images showed the improvements in polymer-filler wetting behavior achieved using interface engineering. SEM images indicated that there was better filler dispersion in the PI matrix using reprecipitation blending, compared to the filler dispersion achieved in the nanocomposites prepared using conventional blending technique. The structure-property relationships in PI-ZrW2O8 nanocomposites were investigated by studying the thermal degradation, glass transition, tensile and thermal expansion properties of the nanocomposites. The properties were studied as a function of filler loading and interface linker groups. Addition of ZrW2O8 nanoparticles did not

  1. Lanthanide-containing polyimides (United States)

    Stoakley, D. M.; St. Clair, Anne K.


    The preparation of a variety of lanthanide-containing polyimide films is described, and results of their characterization are presented. The properties investigated include the glass transition temperature, thermooxidative stability, magnetic susceptibility, and electrical conductivity of the polymer. Films containing lanthanide chlorides, fluorides, and sulfides are flexible, but those containing lanthanide nitrates are extremely brittle. The addition of lanthanide acetates and acetylacetonates caused immediate gelation of two of the synthesis-mixture ingredients. It was found that, in general, the addition of lanthanide to the polyimide increases the density and glass transition temperature of the polymer but slightly decreases the thermooxidative stability.

  2. Low Permeability Polyimide Insulation Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Resodyn Technologies proposes a new technology that enables the application of polyimide based cryogenic insulation with low hydrogen permeability. This effort...

  3. A readily retrievable pool of synaptic vesicles


    Hua, Y; Sinha, R.; Thiel, C.; Schmidt, R.; Hueve, J.; Martens, H.; Hell, S.; Egner, A.; Klingauf, J.


    Abstract Although clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) is thought to be the predominant mechanism of synaptic vesicle (SV) recycling, it seems to be too slow for fast recycling. Therefore, it was suggested that a pre-sorted and pre-assembled pool of SV proteins on the presynaptic membrane might support a first wave of fast CME. In this study we monitored the temporal dynamics of such a 'readily retrievable pool' of SV proteins in rat hippocampal neurons using a novel probe. Applying...

  4. Photopiezoelectric composites of azobenzene-functionalized polyimides and polyvinylidene fluoride. (United States)

    Wie, Jeong Jae; Wang, David H; Tondiglia, Vincent P; Tabiryan, Nelson V; Vergara-Toloza, Rafael O; Tan, Loon-Seng; White, Timothy J


    Light is a readily available and sustainable energy source. Transduction of light into mechanical work or electricity in functional materials, composites, or systems has other potential advantages derived from the ability to remotely, spatially, and temporally control triggering by light. Toward this end, this work examines photoinduced piezoelectric (photopiezoelectric) effects in laminate composites prepared from photoresponsive polymeric materials and the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). In the geometry studied here, photopiezoelectric conversion is shown to strongly depend on the photomechanical properties inherent to the azobenzene-functionalized polyimides. Based on prior examinations of photomechanical effects in azobenzene-functionalized polyimides, this investigation focuses on amorphous materials and systematically varies the concentration of azobenzene in the copolymers. The baseline photomechanical response of the set of polyimides is characterized in cantilever deflection experiments. To improve the photomechanical response of the materials and enhance the electrical conversion, the polyimides are drawn to increase the magnitude of the deflection as well as photogenerated stress. In laminate composites, the photomechanical response of the materials in sequenced light exposure is shown to transduce light energy into electrical energy. The frequency of the photopiezoelectric response of the composite can match the frequency of the sequenced light exposing the films. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Recent developments in polyimide and bismaleimide adhesives (United States)

    Politi, R. E.


    Research on high temperature resin systems has intensified. In the Aerospace Industry, the motivation for this increased activity has been to replace heat resistant alloys of aluminum, stainless steel and titanium by lighter weight glass and carbon fiber reinforced composites. Applications for these structures include: (1) engine nacelles involving long time exposure (thousands of hours) to temperatures in the 150 to 300 C range, (2) supersonic military aircraft involving moderately long exposure (hundreds of hours) to temperatures of 150 to 200 C, and (3) missile applications involving only brief exposure (seconds or minutes) to temperatures up to 500 C and above. Because of fatigue considerations, whenever possible, it is preferable to bond rather than mechanically fasten composite structures. For this reason, the increased usage of high temperature resin matrix systems for composites has necessitated the devlopment of compatible and equally heat stable adhesive systems. The performance of high temperature epoxy, epoxy phenolic and condensation polyimide adhesives is reviewed. This is followed by a discussion of three recently developed types of adhesives: (1) condensation reaction polyimides having improved processing characteristics; (2) addition reaction polyimides; and (3) bismaleimides.

  6. Flexible polyimide fuel tank sealants

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    Jones, R.J.; Cassey, H.N.


    Requirements for elastomers or compliant polymers used as integral fuel tank sealant materials and as seals in high-performance military aircraft are examined, and a polyimide system with the appropriate properties is described. The system contains methylene dianiline, 4,4'-diaminostilbene, polyethyleneoxide diamine, and bis(4-(3,4-dicarboxyphenoxyl)phenyl) sulfone dianhydride. Development, preparation, and applications of the polyimide sealant are discussed.

  7. The 3F condensation polyimides: Review and update (United States)

    Alston, William B.; Gratz, Roy F.


    Nine new condensation polyimides containing the phenyltrifluoroethylidene (3F) linkage were synthesized by the amic-acid route. Several other polyimides, including some with hexafluoroisopropylidene (6F) linkage, were also prepared as controls. Amic-acid solutions were characterized by determining their inherent viscosities prior to thermal conversion into polyimide films. Glass transition temperatures (T sub g), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and isothermal weight loss data (at 316, 371, and 371 C under 0.5 MPa air pressure) were obtained for the films. The films were pulverized into molding powders which, in turn, were thermally processed under pressure into neat resin disks. The disks were also characterized by T sub g's and 316 and 371 C isothermal weight losses. The film study identified two new polyimides with T sub g's greater than 371 C and two new polyimides with low rates of weight loss. The resin disks exhibited the same overall trends in T sub g and weight loss as the respective films, however the weight loss per unit surface area was always greater, presumably due to molecular degradation induced during preparation of the molding powders. The overall results indicate that polyimides containing the 3F linkage have T sub g's and thermo-oxidative stability comparable to polyimides containing the 6F group. Alternate technology was also shown by the synthesis of two new polyalkyl substituted 3F diamines and five more new 3F polymers. Their potential as photoresists was demonstrated by T sub g advancement after ultraviolet exposure. Last, four U.S. patents on 3F monomers and polymers were issued and up to eight more are pending.

  8. The readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles. (United States)

    Kaeser, Pascal S; Regehr, Wade G


    Each presynaptic bouton is densely packed with many vesicles, only a small fraction of which are available for immediate release. These vesicles constitute the readily releasable pool (RRP). The RRP size, and the probability of release of each vesicle within the RRP, together determine synaptic strength. Here, we discuss complications and recent advances in determining the size of the physiologically relevant RRP. We consider molecular mechanisms to generate and regulate the RRP, and discuss the relationship between vesicle docking and the RRP. We conclude that many RRP vesicles are docked, that some docked vesicles may not be part of the RRP, and that undocked vesicles can contribute to the RRP by rapid recruitment to unoccupied, molecularly activated ready-to-release sites. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Low-melt Viscosity Polyimide Resins for Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) II (United States)

    Chuang, Kathy C.; Criss, Jim M.; Mintz, Eric A.; Scheiman, Daniel A.; Nguyen, Baochau N.; McCorkle, Linda S.


    A series of polyimide resins with low-melt viscosities in the range of 10-30 poise and high glass transition temperatures (Tg s) of 330-370 C were developed for resin transfer molding (RTM) applications. These polyimide resins were formulated from 2,3,3 ,4 -biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (a-BPDA) with 4-phenylethynylphthalic anhydride endcaps along with either 3,4 - oxyaniline (3,4 -ODA), 3,4 -methylenedianiline, (3,4 -MDA) or 3,3 -methylenedianiline (3,3 -MDA). These polyimides had pot lives of 30-60 minutes at 260-280 C, enabling the successful fabrication of T650-35 carbon fiber reinforced composites via RTM process. The viscosity profiles of the polyimide resins and the mechanical properties of the polyimide carbon fiber composites will be discussed.

  10. Structures and Performance of Graphene/Polyimide Composite Graphite Fibers

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    Full Text Available Dry-wet spinning process was used to gain graphene oxide/polyimide composite fibers, then graphene/polyimide composite carbon and graphite fibers were obtained through carbonized and graphitized. Different graphene oxide contents of the composite carbon and graphite fibers were measured by thermal gravimetric analysis, Raman, mechanical properties, electrical properties,SEM and so on. The results show that when the GO content is 0.3%(mass fraction,the same below, the thermal property of the graphene oxide/polyimide composite fibers is the best. The mechanical and electrical properties are obriously improved by the addition of GO, graphitization degree also increases. When the composite carbon fibers are treated at 2800℃, GO content increases to 2.0%, the thermal conductivity of the composite graphite fibers reaches 435.57W·m-1·K-1 and cross-section structures of carbon fibers are more compact.

  11. Polyimide Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite Aerogels (United States)

    Nguyen, Baochau N.; Meador, Mary Ann; Rowan, Stuart; Cudjoe, Elvis; Sandberg, Anna


    Polyimide (PI) aerogels are highly porous solids having low density, high porosity and low thermal conductivity with good mechanical properties. They are ideal for various applications including use in antenna and insulation such as inflatable decelerators used in entry, decent and landing operations. Recently, attention has been focused on stimuli responsive materials such as cellulose nano crystals (CNCs). CNCs are environmentally friendly, bio-renewable, commonly found in plants and the dermis of sea tunicates, and potentially low cost. This study is to examine the effects of CNC on the polyimide aerogels. The CNC used in this project are extracted from mantle of a sea creature called tunicates. A series of polyimide cellulose nanocrystal composite aerogels has been fabricated having 0-13 wt of CNC. Results will be discussed.

  12. Development of autoclave moldable addition-type polyimides (United States)

    Vaughan, R. W.; Jones, R. J.; Orell, M. K.; Zakrzewski, G. A.


    Chemistry and processing modifications of the poly(Diels Alder) polyimide (PDA) resin were performed to obtain structural composites suitable for 589 K (600 F) service. This work demonstrated that the PDA resin formulation is suitable for service at 589 K (600 F) for up to 125 hours when used in combination with Hercules HTS graphite fiber. Sandwich panels were autoclave molded using PDA/HTS skins and polyimide/glass honeycomb core. Excellent adhesion between honeycomb core and the facing skins was demonstrated. Fabrication ease was demonstrated by autoclave molding three-quarter scale YF-12 wing panels.

  13. Titanium reinforced boron-polyimide composite (United States)

    Clark, G. A.; Clayton, K. I.


    Processing techniques for boron polyimide prepreg were developed whereby composites could be molded under vacuum bag pressure only. A post-cure cycle was developed which resulted in no loss in room temperature mechanical properties of the composite at any time during up to 16 hours at 650 F. A design utilizing laminated titanium foil was developed to achieve a smooth transition of load from the titanium attachment points into the boron-reinforced body of the structure. The box beam test article was subjected to combined bending and torsional loads while exposed to 650 F. Loads were applied incrementally until failure occurred at 83% design limit load.

  14. Selectively deposited copper on laser-treated polyimide using electroless plating (United States)

    Zhao, Gang; Phillips, Harvey M.; Zheng, HongYu; Tam, Siu Chung; Liu, Wen Qing; Wen, Gongling; Gong, Zhiben; Lam, Yee Loy


    Many reviews about the interconnection line fabrication by laser processing method were reported recently. UV laser process polyimide has been studied thoroughly during the past decade. In this report, we discussed the utilization of surface potential changing on polyimide film irradiated by excimer KrF laser and metallized the UV laser treated polyimide surface by electroless copper deposition. A new negatively charged polymer stabilized Pd solution was applied as catalyst in this experiment. We also produced pattern-wised fine line on KrF laser induced PI surface using this method.

  15. Characterization study of an aqueous developable photosensitive polyimide on 300-mm wafers (United States)

    Flack, Warren W.; Kulas, Scott; Franklin, Craig L.


    The advent of 300 mm wafer processing for semiconductor manufacturing has had a great impact on the development of photolithographic materials, equipment and associated processes. At the same time advanced packaging techniques for these semiconductor devices are making strides for smaller, faster and lower cost parts with improved reliability. Photosensitive polyimides are used for passivation stress buffer relief and soft error protection on almost all memory devices such as DRAM as well as final passivation layers for subsequent interconnect bumping operations on most of today's advanced microprocessors. For processing simplicity and total cost of ownership, it is desirable to use an aqueous developable polyimide to maintain compatibility with standard photoresist processes. This study will investigate the feasibility of processing photosensitive polyimides on 300 mm wafers. The performance of a commercially available, positive acting, aqueous developable polyimide is examined at a thickness appropriate for logic devices. A broadband stepper is utilized since polyimides are highly aromatic polymers that strongly absorb UV light below 350 nm. This stepper exposes photosensitive films using mercury vapor spectrum output from 390 nm to 450 nm (g and h-line) and allows rapid exposure of both broadband as well as narrow spectral sensitive films. The system has been optimized for thick photoresists and polyimides and uses a combination of low numerical aperture with maximum wafer level intensity to achieve well formed images in thick films. Process capability for 300 mm wafers is determined by analyzing polyimide film thickness uniformity and critical dimension (CD) control across the wafer. Basic photoresist characterization techniques such as cross sectional SEM analysis, process linearity and process windows are also used to establish lithographic capabilities. The trade-offs for various process capability windows are reviewed to determine the optimum process

  16. Optical waveguide components using fluorinated polyimides (United States)

    Ishibashi, Shigeki; Takahara, Hideyuki


    Polyimides are widely used in electronics as heat-resistant organic materials and are now being studied for possible use in optical components. The fluorinated polyimides developed by NTT have high transparency at telecommunication wavelengths, a controllable index of refraction, and high thermal stability, making them suitable for use in optical communication systems. Here, optical components developed using fluorinated polyimides are reviewed, and the relationships between the material characteristics and the device parameters are discussed.

  17. Use of polyimides in VLSI fabrication (United States)

    Wilson, A. M.

    The functional requirements of overcoats and multilevel insulators for very large scale integrated circuits (VLSI) are outlined. The moisture barrier properties of polyimide films are reviewed. Polyimide performance vs plasma enhanced chemically vapor deposited (CVD) silicon nitride overcoats are compared. The topological and via forming advantages of polyimides vs plasma enhanced CVD silicon oxide as a multilevel insulator are cited. The temperature and voltage field induced electronic charge transport and trapping at oxide interfaces is cited as the most serious limitation to the use of polyimides as multilevel insulators on VLSI chips.

  18. Excimer laser etching of polyimide (United States)

    Brannon, J. H.; Lankard, J. R.; Baise, A. I.; Burns, F.; Kaufman, J.


    It is reported that thin films of polyimide are efficiently etched in air at pulsed excimer laser wavelengths of 248, 308, and 351 nm. Etch rate versus incident fluence data are found to obey a Beer-Lambert etching relation. Sharp laser fluence thresholds for significant etching are found to correlate with the wavelength-dependent absorption coefficient. The absorbed energy density required to initiate significant etching is found, within experimental error, to be independent of the wavelengths examined. It is felt that this information demonstrates the predominantly thermal nature of the laser etching mechanism. Additionally, infrared spectroscopy and coupled gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy were used to identify several gases evolved during pulsed laser etching of polyimide in both air and vacuum.

  19. Commercialization of LARC (TradeMark) -SI Polyimide Technology (United States)

    Bryant, Robert G.


    LARC(TradeMark)-SI, Langley Research Center- Soluble Imide, was developed in 1992, with the first patent issuing in 1997, and then subsequent patents issued in 1998 and 2000. Currently, this polymer has been successfully licensed by NASA, and has generated revenues, at the time of this reporting, in excess of $1.4 million. The success of this particular polymer has been due to many factors and many lessons learned to the point that the invention, while important, is the least significant part in the commercialization of this material. Commercial LARC(TradeMark)-SI is a polyimide composed of two molar equivalents of dianhydrides: 4,4 -oxydiphthalic anhydride (ODPA), and 3,3 ,4,4 -biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA) and 3,4 -oxydianiline (3,4 -ODA) as the diamine. The unique feature of this aromatic polyimide is that it remains soluble after solution imidization in high-boiling, polar aprotic solvents, even at solids contents of 50-percent by weight. However, once isolated and heated above its T(sub g) of 240 C, it becomes insoluble and exhibits high-temperature thermoplastic melt-flow behavior. With these unique structure property characteristics, it was thought this would be an advantage to have an aromatic polyimide that is both solution and melt processable in the imide form. This could potentially lead to lower cost production as it was not as equipment- or labor-intensive as other high-performance polyimide materials that either precipitate or are intractable. This unique combination of properties allowed patents with broad claim coverage and potential commercialization. After the U.S. Patent applications were filed, a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract was awarded to Imtec, Inc. to develop and supply the polyimide to NASA and the general public. Some examples of demonstration parts made with LARC(TradeMark)-SI ranged from aircraft wire and multilayer printed-circuit boards, to gears, composite panels, supported adhesive tape, composite

  20. The effect of polyimide imidization conditions on adhesion strength of thin metal films on polyimide substrates

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    Yoo, S H


    The effects of Ar sup + RF plasma precleaning and polyimide curing conditions on the peel strength between Al thin films and polyimides have been studied. The BPDA-PDA polyimide precursor of PI-2611 (Du pont) was spin-coated and cured under various imidization conditions. The cured polyimide substrates were in-situ AR sup + RF plasma cleaned prior to metal deposition. Al-1 % Si-0.5 % Cu thin films were deposited onto the polyimide substrates by using DC magnetron sputtering. The peel strength was enhanced by Ar sup + RF plasma precleaning. The Al/modified PI specimen failed cohesively in the polyimide. The polyimide curing conditions strongly affect the peel strength in the Al/modified PI system.

  1. Preparation, Characterization and Thermal Degradation of Polyimide (4-APS/BTDA)/SiO2 Composite Films (United States)

    Ahmad, Mansor Bin; Gharayebi, Yadollah; Salit, Mohd. Sapuan; Hussein, Mohd. Zobir; Ebrahimiasl, Saeideh; Dehzangi, Arash


    Polyimide/SiO2 composite films were prepared from tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and poly(amic acid) (PAA) based on aromatic diamine (4-aminophenyl sulfone) (4-APS) and aromatic dianhydride (3,3,4,4-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride) (BTDA) via a sol-gel process in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP). The prepared polyimide/SiO2 composite films were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The FTIR results confirmed the synthesis of polyimide (4-APS/BTDA) and the formation of SiO2 particles in the polyimide matrix. Meanwhile, the SEM images showed that the SiO2 particles were well dispersed in the polyimide matrix. Thermal stability and kinetic parameters of the degradation processes for the prepared polyimide/SiO2 composite films were investigated using TGA in N2 atmosphere. The activation energy of the solid-state process was calculated using Flynn–Wall–Ozawa’s method without the knowledge of the reaction mechanism. The results indicated that thermal stability and the values of the calculated activation energies increased with the increase of the TEOS loading and the activation energy also varied with the percentage of weight loss for all compositions. PMID:22606014

  2. Sensitization of photoconductive polyimides for photovoltaic applications

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    Mühlbacher, D.; Brabec, C.J.; Sariciftci, N.S.; Kotov, B.V.; Berendyaev, V.I.; Rumyantsev, B.M.; Hummelen, J.C.


    Soluble polyimides based on the N,N'-bis-(4-aminophenyl)-N,N'-diphenylbenzidine with a linkage between the phtalimide groups X = O, - , SO2, CO are investigated for their photovoltaic properties. Sensitization of these photoconductive polyimids with different small molecules like Rhodamine 6G as

  3. Carbon fiber on polyimide ultra-microelectrodes (United States)

    Gillis, Winthrop F.; Lissandrello, Charles A.; Shen, Jun; Pearre, Ben W.; Mertiri, Alket; Deku, Felix; Cogan, Stuart; Holinski, Bradley J.; Chew, Daniel J.; White, Alice E.; Otchy, Timothy M.; Gardner, Timothy J.


    Objective. Most preparations for making neural recordings degrade over time and eventually fail due to insertion trauma and reactive tissue response. The magnitudes of these responses are thought to be related to the electrode size (specifically, the cross-sectional area), the relative stiffness of the electrode, and the degree of tissue tolerance for the material. Flexible carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes have a much smaller cross-section than traditional electrodes and low tissue reactivity, and thus may enable improved longevity of neural recordings in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Only two carbon fiber array designs have been described previously, each with limited channel densities due to limitations of the fabrication processes or interconnect strategies. Here, we describe a method for assembling carbon fiber electrodes on a flexible polyimide substrate that is expected to facilitate the construction of high-density recording and stimulating arrays. Approach. Individual carbon fibers were aligned using an alignment tool that was 3D-printed with sub-micron resolution using direct laser writing. Indium deposition on the carbon fibers, followed by low-temperature microsoldering, provided a robust and reliable method of electrical connection to the polyimide interconnect. Main results. Spontaneous multiunit activity and stimulation-evoked compound responses with SNR  >10 and  >120, respectively, were recorded from a small (125 µm) peripheral nerve. We also improved the typically poor charge injection capacity of small diameter carbon fibers by electrodepositing 100 nm-thick iridium oxide films, making the carbon fiber arrays usable for electrical stimulation as well as recording. Significance. Our innovations in fabrication technique pave the way for further miniaturization of carbon fiber ultra-microelectrode arrays. We believe these advances to be key steps to enable a shift from labor intensive, manual assembly to a more automated

  4. Carbon fiber on polyimide ultra-microelectrodes. (United States)

    Gillis, Winthrop F; Lissandrello, Charles A; Shen, Jun; Pearre, Ben W; Mertiri, Alket; Deku, Felix; Cogan, Stuart; Holinski, Bradley J; Chew, Daniel J; White, Alice E; Otchy, Timothy M; Gardner, Timothy


    Objective. Most preparations for making neural recordings degrade over time and eventually fail due to insertion trauma and reactive tissue response. The magnitudes of these responses are thought to be related to the electrode size (specifically, the cross-sectional area), the relative stiffness of the electrode, and the degree of tissue tolerance for the material. Flexible carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes have a much smaller cross-section than traditional electrodes and low tissue reactivity, and thus may enable improved longevity of neural recordings in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Only two carbon fiber array designs have been described previously, each with limited channel densities due to limitations of the fabrication processes or interconnect strategies. Here, we describe a method for assembling carbon fiber electrodes on a flexible polyimide substrate that is expected to facilitate the construction of high-density recording and stimulating arrays. Approach. Individual carbon fibers were aligned using an alignment tool that was 3D-printed with sub-micron resolution using direct laser writing. Indium deposition on the carbon fibers, followed by low-temperature microsoldering, provided a robust and reliable method of electrical connection to the polyimide interconnect. Main Results. Spontaneous multiunit activity and stimulation-evoked compound responses with SNR > 10 and > 120, respectively, were recorded from a small (125 µm) peripheral nerve. We also improved the typically poor charge injection capacity of small diameter carbon fibers by electrodepositing 100 nm thick iridium oxide films, making the carbon fiber arrays usable for electrical stimulation as well as recording. Significance. Our innovations in fabrication technique pave the way for further miniaturization of carbon fiber ultra-microelectrode arrays. We believe these advances to be key steps to enable a shift from labor intensive, manual assembly to a more automated

  5. The development of aerospace polyimide adhesives (United States)

    St.clair, A. K.; St.clair, T. L.


    Few materials are available which can be used as aerospace adhesives at temperatures in the range of 300 C. The Materials Division at NASA-Langley Research Center developed several high temperature polyimide adhesives to fulfill the stringent needs of current aerospace programs. These adhesives are the result of a decade of basic research studies on the structure property relationships of both linear and addition aromatic polyimides. The development of both in house and commercially available polyimides is reviewed with regards to their potential for use as aerospace adhesives.

  6. Microstructure and Thermomechanical Properties of Polyimide-Silica Nanocomposites

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    A. A. M. Ali


    Full Text Available Novel polyimide-silica nanocomposites with interphase chemical bonding have been prepared using the sol-gel process. The morphology, thermal and mechanical properties were studied as a function of silica content and compared with the similar composites having no interphase interaction. The polyimide precursors, polyamic acids (PAAs with or without pendant hydroxyl groups were prepared from the reaction of pyromellitic dianhydride with a mixture of oxydianiline and 1,3 phenylenediamine or 2,4-diminophenol in dimethylacetamide. The PAA with pendant hydroxyl groups was reacted with isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane to produce alkoxy groups on the chain. The reinforcement of PAA matrices with or without alkoxy groups on the chain was carried out by mixing appropriate amount of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS and carrying out its hydrolysis and condensation in a sol-gel process. Thin hybrid films were imidized by successive heating up to 300C∘. The presence of alkoxy groups on the polymer chain and their cocondensation with TEOS developed the silica network which was interconnected chemically with the polyimide matrix. SEM studies show a drastic decrease in the silica particle size in the chemically bonded system. Higher thermal stability and mechanical strength, improved transparency, and low values of thermal coefficient of expansion were observed in case of chemically bonded composites.

  7. Polyimide-Foam/Aerogel Composites for Thermal Insulation (United States)

    Williams, Martha; Fesmire, James; Sass, Jared; Smith, Trent; Weoser. Erol


    Composites of specific types of polymer foams and aerogel particles or blankets have been proposed to obtain thermal insulation performance superior to those of the neat polyimide foams. These composites have potential to also provide enhanced properties for vibration dampening or acoustic attenuation. The specific type of polymer foam is denoted "TEEK-H", signifying a series, denoted H, within a family of polyimide foams that were developed at NASA s Langley Research Center and are collectively denoted TEEK (an acronym of the inventors names). The specific types of aerogels include Nanogel aerogel particles from Cabot Corporation in Billerica, MA. and of Spaceloft aerogel blanket from Aspen Aerogels in Northborough, MA. The composites are inherently flame-retardant and exceptionally thermally stable. There are numerous potential uses for these composites, at temperatures from cryogenic to high temperatures, in diverse applications that include aerospace vehicles, aircraft, ocean vessels, buildings, and industrial process equipment. Some low-temperature applications, for example, include cryogenic storage and transfer or the transport of foods, medicines, and chemicals. Because of thermal cycling, aging, and weathering most polymer foams do not perform well at cryogenic temperatures and will undergo further cracking over time. The TEEK polyimides are among the few exceptions to this pattern, and the proposed composites are intended to have all the desirable properties of TEEK-H foams, plus improved thermal performance along with enhanced vibration or acoustic-attenuation performance. A composite panel as proposed would be fabricated by adding an appropriate amount of TEEK friable balloons into a mold to form a bottom layer. A piece of flexible aerogel blanket material, cut to the desired size and shape, would then be placed on the bottom TEEK layer and sandwiched between another top layer of polyimide friable balloons so that the aerogel blanket would become

  8. Slotted Polyimide-Aerogel-Filled-Waveguide Arrays (United States)

    Rodriguez-Solis, Rafael A.; Pacheco, Hector L.; Miranda, Felix A.; Meador, Mary Ann B.


    This presentation discussed the potential advantages of developing Slotted Waveguide Arrays using polyimide aerogels. Polyimide (PI) aerogels offer great promise as an enabling technology for lightweight aerospace antenna systems. PI aerogels are highly porous solids possessing low density and low dielectric permittivity combined with good mechanical properties. For slotted waveguide array applications, there are significant advantages in mass that more than compensate for the slightly higher loss of the aerogel filled waveguide when compared to state of practice commercial waveguide.

  9. Dianhydrides, polyimides, methods of making each, and methods of use

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for an aromatic dianhydride, a method of making an aromatic dianhydride, an aromatic dianhydride-based polyimide, a method of making an aromatic dianhydride-based polyimide, and the like.

  10. Atomic step-and-terrace surface of polyimide sheet for advanced polymer substrate engineering (United States)

    Tan, G.; Shimada, K.; Nozawa, Y.; Kaneko, S.; Urakami, T.; Koyama, K.; Komura, M.; Matsuda, A.; Yoshimoto, M.


    Typical thermostable and flexible polyimide polymers exhibit many excellent properties such as strong mechanical and chemical resistance. However, in contrast to single-crystal substrates like silicon or sapphire, polymers mostly display disordered and rough surfaces, which may result in instability and degradation of the interfaces between thin films and polymer substrates. As a step toward the development of next-generation polymer substrates, we here report single-atom-layer imprinting onto the polyimide sheets, resulting in an ultrasmooth 0.3 nm high atomic step-and-terrace surface on the polyimides. The ultrasmooth polymer substrates are expected to be applied to the fabrication of nanostructures such as superlattices, nanowires, or quantum dots in nanoscale-controlled electronic devices. We fabricate smooth and atomically stepped indium tin oxide transparent conducting oxide thin films on the imprinted polyimide sheets for future use in organic-based optoelectronic devices processed with nanoscale precision. Furthermore, toward 2D polymer substrate nanoengineering, we demonstrate nanoscale letter writing on the atomic step-and-terrace polyimide surface via atomic force microscopy probe scratching.

  11. Electrical conduction of polyimide films prepared from polyamic acid (PAA and pre-imidized polyimide (PI solution

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    Full Text Available Electrical conduction characteristics in two different polyimide films prepared by the imidization of polyamic acid (PAA and pre-imidized polyimide (PI solution were investigated. It is found that the current density of the polyimide film from PAA was higher than that of the polyimide film from PI at the same electric field, even though the conduction mechanism in both polyimide films follows the ionic hopping model. The hopping distance was calculated to be 2.8 nm for PAA type and 3.2 nm for PI type polyimide film. It is also found that the decay rate of the residual electrostatic charges on the polyimide films becomes faster in the PAA type than in the PI type polyimide film.

  12. Preparation of nanoporous polyimide thin films via layer-by-layer self-assembly of cowpea mosaic virus and poly(amic acid)

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    Peng Bo; Wu Guojun; Lin Yuan [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (China); Wang Qian [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 29208 (United States); Su Zhaohui, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (China)


    Low dielectric (low-{kappa}) materials are of key importance for the performance of microchips. In this study, we show that nanosized cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) particles can be assembled with poly(amic acid) (PAA) in aqueous solutions via the layer-by-layer technique. Then, upon thermal treatment CPMV particles are removed and PAA is converted into polyimide in one step, resulting in a porous low-{kappa} polyimide film. The multilayer self-assembly process was monitored by quartz crystal microbalance and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Imidization and the removal of the CPMV template was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy respectively. The dielectric constant of the nanoporous polyimide film thus prepared was 2.32 compared to 3.40 for the corresponding neat polyimide. This work affords a facile approach to fabrication of low-{kappa} polyimide ultrathin films with tunable thickness and dielectric constant.

  13. Atomic oxygen erosion resistance of polyimide/ZrO{sub 2} hybrid films

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    Xiao Fei [Key Laboratory of Aerospace Materials and Performance (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100191 (China); Wang Kai, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Aerospace Materials and Performance (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100191 (China); Zhan Maosheng [Key Laboratory of Aerospace Materials and Performance (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100191 (China)


    A series of polyimide/zirconia (PI/ZrO{sub 2}) hybrid films were synthesized based on zirconium n-butoxide, pyromellitic acid dianhydride (PMDA) and 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA) by a sol-gel process. The atomic oxygen (AO) exposure tests were carried out using a ground-based atomic oxygen effects simulation facility. The effects of ZrO{sub 2} content on the morphology and structure evolvement of PI/ZrO{sub 2} hybrid films were investigated using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), respectively. The results indicated that a zirconia-rich layer was formed on the polyimide film sourcing from the zirconium n-butoxide after AO exposure, which decreased the erosion rate and obviously improved the AO resistance of polyimide films.

  14. Room Temperature Halogenation of Polyimide Film Surface using Chlorine Trifluoride Gas (United States)

    Habuka, Hitoshi; Kosuga, Takahiro; Koike, Kunihiko; Aida, Toshihiro; Takeuchi, Takashi; Aihara, Masahiko


    In order to develop a new application of chlorine trifluoride gas, the halogenation of a polyimide film surface at room temperature and at atmospheric pressure is studied for the first time. The polyimide film surface after exposure to the chlorine trifluoride gas shows a decreased water contact angle with increasing chlorine trifluoride gas concentration and exposure period. Since both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared absorption spectroscopy simultaneously showed the formation of a carbon-chlorine bond and carbon-fluorine bond, it is concluded that the chlorine trifluoride gas can easily and safely perform the halogenation of the polyimide film surface under the stated conditions using a low-cost process and equipment.

  15. Electrospinning of polyimide nanofibres – effects of working parameters on morphology

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    Kohse Stefanie


    Full Text Available The use of the electrospinning technique is a promising and versatile method for producing fibrous nonwovens from various polymers. Here we present fibre formation via direct electrospinning of a soluble polyimide, a class of polymers that is typically insoluble. In this study solution parameters as the solvent and the polymer concentration are investigated. Furthermore relevant process parameters are varied for optimization of the performance. The presented data indicate polyimide as a promising material for the fabrication of nanofibrous nonwovens via direct electrospinning.

  16. HPLC for quality control of polyimides (United States)

    Young, P. R.; Sykes, G. F.


    High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) as a quality control tool for polyimide resins and prepregs are presented. A data base to help establish accept/reject criteria for these materials was developed. This work is intended to supplement, not replace, standard quality control tests normally conducted on incoming resins and prepregs. To help achieve these objectives, the HPLC separation of LARC-160 polyimide precursor resin was characterized. Room temperature resin aging effects were studied. Graphite reinforced composites made from fresh and aged resin were fabricated and tested to determine if changes observed by HPLC were significant.

  17. Repository of not readily available documents for project W-320

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    Conner, J.C.


    The purpose of this document is to provide a readily available source of the technical reports needed for the development of the safety documentation provided for the waste retrieval sluicing system (WRSS), designed to remove the radioactive and chemical sludge from tank 241-C-106, and transport that material to double-shell tank 241-AY-102 via a new, temporary, shielded, encased transfer line.

  18. Circuits and AMOLED display with self-aligned a-IGZO TFTs on polyimide foil

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    Nag, M.; Bhoolokam, A.; Smout, S.; Willegems, M.; Muller, R.; Myny, K.; Schols, S.; Ameys, M.; Genoe, J.; Ke, T.H.; Vicca, P.; Ellis, T.; Cobb, B.; Kumar, A.; Steen, J.L.P.J. van der; Gelinck, G.; Fukui, Y.; Obata, K.; Groeseneken, G.; Heremans, P.; Steudel, S.


    A process to make self-aligned top-gate amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) on polyimide foil is presented. The source/drain (S/D) region's parasitic resistance reduced during the SiN interlayer deposition step. The sheet resistivity of S/D region after exposure

  19. Characterization of Polyimide Foams for Ultra-Lightweight Space Structures (United States)

    Meador, Michael (Technical Monitor); Hillman, Keithan; Veazie, David R.


    Ultra-lightweight materials have played a significant role in nearly every area of human activity ranging from magnetic tapes and artificial organs to atmospheric balloons and space inflatables. The application range of ultra-lightweight materials in past decades has expanded dramatically due to their unsurpassed efficiency in terms of low weight and high compliance properties. A new generation of ultra-lightweight materials involving advanced polymeric materials, such as TEEK (TM) polyimide foams, is beginning to emerge to produce novel performance from ultra-lightweight systems for space applications. As a result, they require that special conditions be fulfilled to ensure adequate structural performance, shape retention, and thermal stability. It is therefore important and essential to develop methodologies for predicting the complex properties of ultra-lightweight foams. To support NASA programs such as the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), Clark Atlanta University, along with SORDAL, Inc., has initiated projects for commercial process development of polyimide foams for the proposed cryogenic tank integrated structure (see figure 1). Fabrication and characterization of high temperature, advanced aerospace-grade polyimide foams and filled foam sandwich composites for specified lifetimes in NASA space applications, as well as quantifying the lifetime of components, are immensely attractive goals. In order to improve the development, durability, safety, and life cycle performance of ultra-lightweight polymeric foams, test methods for the properties are constant concerns in terms of timeliness, reliability, and cost. A major challenge is to identify the mechanisms of failures (i.e., core failure, interfacial debonding, and crack development) that are reflected in the measured properties. The long-term goal of the this research is to develop the tools and capabilities necessary to successfully engineer ultra-lightweight polymeric foams. The desire is to reduce density

  20. Durability of polyimide to titanium bonds

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    Akram, M.; Jansen, K.M.B.; Bhowmik, S.; Ernst, L.J.


    Titanium and its alloys are usually bonded together using a high temperature resistant polyimide or epoxy adhesives. Such adhesives can withstand temperatures from 200°C to300°C. Earlier research work indicates that Surface modification of titanium with mechanical treatment and atmospheric pressure

  1. Porous Cross-Linked Polyimide Networks (United States)

    Meador, Mary Ann B. (Inventor); Guo, Haiquan (Inventor)


    Porous cross-linked polyimide networks are provided. The networks comprise an anhydride end-capped polyamic acid oligomer. The oligomer (i) comprises a repeating unit of a dianhydride and a diamine and terminal anhydride groups, (ii) has an average degree of polymerization of 10 to 50, (iii) has been cross-linked via a cross-linking agent, comprising three or more amine groups, at a balanced stoichiometry of the amine groups to the terminal anhydride groups, and (iv) has been chemically imidized to yield the porous cross-linked polyimide network. Also provided are porous cross-linked polyimide aerogels comprising a cross-linked and imidized anhydride end-capped polyamic acid oligomer, wherein the oligomer comprises a repeating unit of a dianhydride and a diamine, and the aerogel has a density of 0.10 to 0.333 g/cm.sup.3 and a Young's modulus of 1.7 to 102 MPa. Also provided are thin films comprising aerogels, and methods of making porous cross-linked polyimide networks.

  2. Application of polyimide actuator rod seals (United States)

    Watermann, A. W.; Gay, B. F.; Robinson, E. D.; Srinath, S. K.; Nelson, W. G.


    Development of polyimide two-stage hydraulic actuator rod seals for application in high-performance aircraft was accomplished. The significant portion of the effort was concentrated on optimization of the chevron and K-section second-stage seal geometries to satisfy the requirements for operation at 450 K (350 F) with dynamic pressure loads varying between 200 psig steady-state and 1500 psig impulse cycling. Particular significance was placed on reducing seal gland dimension by efficiently utilizing the fatigue allowables of polyimide materials. Other objectives included investigation of pressure balancing techniques for first-stage polyimide rod seals for 4000 psig 450 K(350 F) environment and fabrication of a modular retainer for the two-stage combination. Seals were fabricated in 0.0254 m (1.0in.) and 0.0635 m (2.5in.) sizes and tested for structural integrity, frictional resistance, and endurance life. Test results showed that carefully designed second stages using polyimides could be made to satisfy the dynamic return pressure requirements of applications in high-performance aircraft. High wear under full system pressure indicated that further research is necessary to obtain an acceptable first-stage design. The modular retainer was successfully tested and showed potential for new actuator applications.

  3. Rapid Production of a Porous Cellulose Acetate Membrane for Water Filtration Using Readily Available Chemicals (United States)

    Kaiser, Adrian; Stark, Wendelin J.; Grass, Robert N.


    A chemistry laboratory experiment using everyday items and readily available chemicals is described to introduce advanced high school students and undergraduate college students to porous polymer membranes. In a three-step manufacturing process, a membrane is produced at room temperature. The filtration principle of the membrane is then…

  4. Excimer laser ablation of polyimide: a 14-year IBM perspective (United States)

    Brannon, James H.; Wassick, Thomas A.


    IBM introduced the first commercial high-end mainframe computer system incorporating laser ablation technology in 1991. This milestone was the culmination of nearly a decade of scientific, engineering, and manufacturing effort. Extensive research and development on 308 nm laser ablation of polyimide lead to the first IBM prototype ablation tool in 1987 for the production of via-holes in thin film packaging structures. This prototype, similar to step and repeat photolithography systems, evolved into full-scale manufacturing tools which utilize sophisticated beam shaping, beam homogenizing, and projection optics. But the maturity of this technology belies the fact that the scientific understanding of the laser ablation process is still far from complete. This paper briefly reviews the engineering and scientific accomplishments, both within and external to IBM, that lead to the commercial utilization of the laser ablation process. Current technical tissues are discussed, in addition to alternative IBM applications of polyimide ablation. The paper concludes by discussing the relative merits of excimer vs. solid-state lasers, and how each may impact future manufacturing technology.

  5. Out of the Autoclave Fabrication of LaRC[TradeMark] PETI-9 Polyimide Laminates (United States)

    Cano, Robert J.; Jensen, Brian J.


    The NASA Langley Research Center developed polyimide system, LaRC PETI-9, has successfully been processed into composites by high temperature vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (HT-VARTM). To extend the application of this high use temperature material to other out-of-autoclave (OOA) processing techniques, the fabrication of PETI- 9 laminates was evaluated using only a vacuum bag and oven cure. A LaRC PETI-9 polyimide solution in NMP was prepared and successfully utilized to fabricate unidirectional IM7 carbon fiber prepreg that was subsequently processed into composites with a vacuum bag and oven cure OOA process. Composite panels of good quality were successfully fabricated and mechanically tested. Processing characteristics, composite panel quality and mechanical properties are presented in this work. The resultant properties are compared to previously developed LaRC material systems processed by both autoclave and OOA techniques including the well characterized, autoclave processed LaRC PETI-5.

  6. Fabrication of nanochannels on polyimide films using dynamic plowing lithography (United States)

    Stoica, Iuliana; Barzic, Andreea Irina; Hulubei, Camelia


    Three distinct polyimide films were analyzed from the point of view of their morphology in order to determine if their surface features can be adapted for applications where surface anisotropy is mandatory. Channels of nanometric dimensions were created on surface of the specimens by using a less common atomic force microscopy (AFM) method, namely Dynamic Plowing Lithography (DPL). The changes generated by DPL procedure were monitored through the surface texture and other functional parameters, denoting the surface orientation degree and also bearing and fluid retention properties. The results revealed that in the same nanolithography conditions, the diamine and dianhydride moieties have affected the characteristics of the nanochannels. This was explained based on the aliphatic/aromatic nature of the monomers and the backbone flexibility. The reported data are of great importance in designing custom nanostructures with enhanced anisotropy on surface of polyimide films for liquid crystal orientation or guided cell growth purposes. At the end, to track the effect of the nanolithography process on the tip sharpness, degradation and contamination, the blind tip reconstruction was performed on AFM probe, before and after lithography experiments, using TGT1 test grating AFM image.

  7. Photosensitive Polyimides Having Aromatic Sulfonyoxyimide Groups in the Main Chain

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    Oh, S.Y.; Lee, J.Y. [Sogang University, Seoul (Korea); Cho, S.Y.; Chung, C.M. [Yonsei University, Wonju (Korea)


    Photosensitive polyimides having cyclobutane or phenyl and aromatic sulfonyloxyimide units in the main chain have been synthesized and the photodegradation behavior was investigated in relation with the polymer structure. The polyimides were prepared by condensation polymerization of N-hydroxyl and sulfonyl chloride. The prepared polyimides were stable up to 250 deg. C without thermal degradation. It has been found that the photodegradation of polyimides upon irradiation of 254 nm UV light results from scission of N-O bonds or ring opening of imides moiety by spectroscopic measurements. The polyimides were useful as positive working photodegradable polymers. Especially, the positive tone image of polyimide containing a pyromellitic diimide moiety exhibited high sensitivity and resolution. (author). 23 refs., 2 tabs., 8 figs.

  8. Fabrication of polyimide shells by vapor phase deposition for use as ICF targets

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    Alfonso, E.L.; Tsai, F.Y.; Chen, S.H.; Gram, R.Q.; Harding, D.R. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics


    Hollow polyimide shells, for use as ICF targets, were fabricated by co-depositing monomer precursors from the vapor phase onto bounced spherical mandrels. The process involved two stages: first, the deposited monomers (pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4{prime}-oxydianiline) reacted on the mandrel surface to form polyamic acid; second, the mandrel was heated to 300 C to imidize the polyamic acid and to decompose the mandrel. During this latter process the decomposed mandrel diffused through the thermally stable coating, leaving a polyimide shell. Depositions were performed under low ({approximately}10{sup {minus}3} Torr) and high ({approximately}10{sup {minus}6} Torr) vacuum. Also, flat witness films of polyimide deposited on Si wafers and NaCl allowed the mechanical properties and chemical composition of the film during the heating cycle to be measured. Polyimide shells with diameters ranging from 700 to 950 {micro}m and wall thicknesses ranging from 2 to 13 {micro}m were produced. The shell`s sphericity was greater than 99%. Burst and buckle pressure tests on these shells yielded the estimated mechanical strength properties. The elastic modulus and tensile strength were {approximately}15 GPa and {approximately}300 MPa, respectively. The permeability of D{sub 2} through polyamic acid at 25 C was 7.4 {times} 10{sup {minus}17} mol{center_dot}m/m{sup 2}{center_dot}Pa{center_dot}s and increased to 6.4 {times} 10{sup {minus}16} mol{center_dot}m/m{sup 2}{center_dot}Pa{center_dot}s at 25 C upon curing the shell to 150 C. The permeability of D{sub 2} at 25 C through vapor-deposited polyimide flat films was measured to be 240 times greater than through the as-deposited polyamic acid, and about 7 times greater than through commercially available solution-cast Kapton.

  9. Podiatry Ankle Duplex Scan: Readily Learned and Accurate in Diabetes. (United States)

    Normahani, Pasha; Powezka, Katarzyna; Aslam, Mohammed; Standfield, Nigel J; Jaffer, Usman


    We aimed to train podiatrists to perform a focused duplex ultrasound scan (DUS) of the tibial vessels at the ankle in diabetic patients; podiatry ankle (PodAnk) duplex scan. Thirteen podiatrists underwent an intensive 3-hour long simulation training session. Participants were then assessed performing bilateral PodAnk duplex scans of 3 diabetic patients with peripheral arterial disease. Participants were assessed using the duplex ultrasound objective structured assessment of technical skills (DUOSATS) tool and an "Imaging Score". A total of 156 vessel assessments were performed. All patients had abnormal waveforms with a loss of triphasic flow. Loss of triphasic flow was accurately detected in 145 (92.9%) vessels; the correct waveform was identified in 139 (89.1%) cases. Participants achieved excellent DUOSATS scores (median 24 [interquartile range: 23-25], max attainable score of 26) as well as "Imaging Scores" (8 [8-8], max attainable score of 8) indicating proficiency in technical skills. The mean time taken for each bilateral ankle assessment was 20.4 minutes (standard deviation ±6.7). We have demonstrated that a focused DUS for the purpose of vascular assessment of the diabetic foot is readily learned using intensive simulation training.

  10. Polyimides Containing Fluorine and Phosphorus for Potential Space Applications (United States)

    Connell, John W.; Watson, Kent A.


    As part of an effort to develop low color, ultraviolet (UV) radiation and atomic oxygen resistant polyimides for potential space applications, a novel diamine containing fluorine and phosphorus was synthesized and used to prepare polyimides. The approach was to combine attributes from colorless, UV resistant polyimides and atomic oxygen (AO) resistant polymers into a single material. Preparation of colorless polyimides has focused on minimization of charge transfer complex formation by incorporation of bulky substituents and disrupting conjugation by using meta-catenated monomers. AO resistant polymer technology development has focused on placing phenylphosphine oxide groups into the backbone of aromatic polymers. However, polyimides prepared utilizing this approach thus far have all exhibited significant color. Thus in an attempt to combine these features in a polyimide a new diamine, bis(3-aminophenyl)-3,5-di(trifluoromethyl)phenylphosphine oxide (TFMDA) was synthesized and used to prepare polyimides. The polyimides were cast into films and characterized for physical and mechanical properties, optical transmission and AO and UV resistance.

  11. Polyimide Aerogels with Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure (United States)

    Meador, Mary Ann B. (Inventor)


    A method for creating a three dimensional cross-linked polyimide structure includes dissolving a diamine, a dianhydride, and a triamine in a solvent, imidizing a polyamic acid gel by heating the gel, extracting the gel in a second solvent, supercritically drying the gel, and removing the solvent to create a polyimide aerogel.

  12. High-performance membranes from polyimides with intrinsic microporosity. (United States)

    Ghanem, Bader S; McKeown, Neil B; Budd, Peter M; Selbie, James D; Fritsch, Detlev


    Membranes with high permeability to gases are formed from polyimides with rigid backbones that incorporate a spiro-centre. A route to this new range of high-free-volume polyimides is demonstrated, and exceptional performance is obtained for a polymer containing a dimethyl binaphthyl unit. Copyright © 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Improvement of mechanical property of polyimide blends with {sup 60}Co-irradiation

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    Wang Zhen; Deng Pengyang; Sun Jiazhen; Ding Mengxian E-mail:


    Radiation effects on polyimide blends were studied at different irradiation temperatures and with different irradiation doses. The irradiation polyimides were the blends of linear polyimide (HQDPA/ODA) and 4-phenylethynyl phthalic anhydride end-capped oligomer polyimide. The tensile strength and the elongation at break of irradiated films were determined as the function of irradiation temperature and dose. Under proper conditions crosslinking reaction occurred when the polyimide blends were irradiated at high temperature. The mechanical properties of irradiated polyimide blends were found to be different from the linear polyimide.

  14. A review of processable high temperature resistant addition-type laminating resins (United States)

    Serafini, T. T.; Delvigs, P.


    An important finding that resulted from research that was conducted to develop improved ablative resins was the discovery of a novel approach to synthesize processable high temperature resistant polymers. Low molecular weight polyimide prepolymers end-capped with norbornene groups were polymerized into thermo-oxidatively stable modified polyimides without the evolution of void producing volatile materials. This paper reviews basic studies that were performed using model compounds to elucidate the polymerization mechanism of the so-called addition-type polyimides. The fabrication and properties of polyimide/graphite fiber composites using A-type polyimide prepolymer as the matrix are described. An alternate method for preparing processable A-type polyimides by means of in situ polymerization of monomeric reactants on the fiber reinforcement is also described. Polyimide/graphite fiber composite performance at elevated temperatures is presented for A-type polyimides.

  15. The electrical conductivities of polyimide and polyimide/Li triflate composites: An a.c. impedance study (United States)

    Aziz, Nor Diyana Abdul; Kamarulzaman, Norlida; Subban, Ri Hanum Yahaya; Hamzah, Ahmad Sazali; Ahmed, Azni Zain; Osman, Zurina; Rusdi, Roshidah; Kamarudin, Norashikin; Mohalid, Norhanim; Romli, Ahmad Zafir; Shaameri, Zurina


    Polymer electrolytes have been an essential area of research for many decades. One of the reasons was the need to find new electrolyte materials suitable for device applications like solid-state batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, etc. with enhanced characteristics. For more than 40 years, polyimide has been known as a super-engineering plastic due to its excellent thermal stability (Tg > 250 °C) and mechanical properties. Therefore, in an effort to develop new polymer electrolytes, polyimide as a polymer matrix was chosen. Composite films of the polymer doped with lithium salt, LiCF3SO3 was prepared. These PI based polymer electrolyte films were investigated by the alternating current (a.c.) impedance spectroscopy method in the temperature range from 300 K to 373 K. It was observed that conductivity increased with the increase of temperature and amount of doping salt. Alternatively, the activation energy (Ea) of the composite films decreased with the increase of the doping salt, LiCF3SO3.

  16. Fabrication of carbon nanotube-polyimide composite hollow microneedles for transdermal drug delivery. (United States)

    Lyon, Bradley J; Aria, Adrianus I; Gharib, Morteza


    We introduce a novel method for fabricating hollow microneedles for transdermal drug delivery using a composite of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes and polyimide. Patterned bundles of carbon nanotubes are used as a porous scaffold for defining the microneedle geometry. Polyimide resin is wicked through the carbon nanotube scaffold to reinforce the structure and provide the prerequisite strength for achieving skin penetration. The high aspect ratio and bottom-up assembly of carbon nanotubes allow the structure of the microneedles to be created in a single step of nanotube fabrication, providing a simple, scalable method for producing hollow microneedles. To demonstrate the utility of these microneedles, liquid delivery experiments are performed. Successful delivery of aqueous methylene blue dye into both hydrogel and swine skin in vitro is demonstrated. Electron microscopy images of the microneedles taken after delivery confirm that the microneedles do not sustain any structural damage during the delivery process.

  17. Development of High Temperature Type Vacuum Insulation Panel using Soluble Polyimide and Characteristic Evaluation (United States)

    Araki, Kuninari; Kamoto, Daigorou; Matsuoka, Shin-Ichi

    The utilization is expected from the high-insulated characteristic as a tool for energy saving also in the high temperature insulation fields as in vacuum insulation panels (VIP) in the future. For high temperature, the material composition and process of VIP were reviewed, the SUS foil was adopted as packaging material, and soluble polyimide was developed as the thermo compression bonding material for high temperature VIP at 150°C. To lower the glass-transition temperature (Tg) under 200°C, we elaborated the new soluble polyimide using aliphatic diamine copolymer, and controlled Tg to about 176°C. By making from trial VIP and evaluations, it was possible to be maintain high performance concerning the coefficient of thermal conductivity [λ<0.008 W/(m·K) at 150°C].

  18. Fabrication of SERS Active Surface on Polyimide Sample by Excimer Laser Irradiation

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    T. Csizmadia


    Full Text Available A possible application of excimer laser irradiation for the preparation of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS substrate is demonstrated. A polyimide foil of 125 μm thickness was irradiated by 240 pulses of focused ArF excimer laser beam (λ = 193 nm, FWHM = 20 ns. The applied fluence was varied between 40 and 80 mJ/cm2. After laser processing, the sample was coated with 40 nm silver by PLD in order to create a conducting layer required for the SERS application. The SERS activity of the samples was tested by Raman microscopy. The Raman spectra of Rhodamine 6G aqueous solution (c=10−3 mol/dm3 were collected from the patterned and metalized areas. For areas prepared at 40–60 mJ/cm2 laser fluences, the measured Raman intensities have shown a linear dependence on the applied laser fluence, while above 60 mJ/cm2 saturation was observed. The morphology of the SERS active surface areas was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Finite element modeling was performed in order to simulate the laser-absorption induced heating of the polyimide foil. The simulation resulted in the temporal and spatial distribution of the estimated temperature in the irradiated polyimide sample, which are important for understanding the structure formation process.


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    O. V. Golik


    Full Text Available In this paper can be used to not-destructive technological testing of defects isolation enameled wire with polyimide polymer. The thesis is devoted to the statistical method for processing, comparison and analysis of results of measurements of parameters isolation it enameled wire because of mathematical model of trend for application in active technological monitoring is developed; to development used of the recommendations for parameters of such testing. Is theoretically justified and the possibility of a diminution of dependence of an error from a velocity of movement of a wire for want of quantifying of defects enameled isolation not destroying tests by high voltage. This work is devoted to the statistical method for processing, comparison and analysis of results of measurements of parameters of polyimide isolation. The method is operating not destroying technological monitoring an amount of enameled isolation defect. The dependence of average value of amount of defects for enameled wire ПЭЭИДХ2 – 200 with two–sheeted polyimide by isolation in a range of nominal diameter 0.56 mm is experimentally determined. The technological monitoring purpose is reducing of quantifying of enameled isolation defect.

  20. Hybrid copper complex-derived conductive patterns printed on polyimide substrates (United States)

    Lee, Byoungyoon; Jeong, Sooncheol; Kim, Yoonhyun; Jeong, Inbum; Woo, Kyoohee; Moon, Jooho


    We synthesized new copper complexes that can be readily converted into highly conductive Cu film. Mechanochemical milling of copper (I) oxide suspended in formic acid resulted in the submicron-sized Cu formate together Cu nanoparticles. The submicrometer-sized Cu formates are reactive toward inter-particle sintering and metallic Cu seeds present in the Cu complexes assist their decomposition and the nucleation of Cu. The hybrid copper complex film printed on polyimide substrate is decomposed into dense and uniform Cu layer after annealing at 250 °C for 30 min under nitrogen atmosphere. The resulting Cu film exhibited a low resistivity of 8.2 μΩ·cm and good adhesion characteristics.

  1. Fabrication of polyimide based microfluidic channels for biosensor devices

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    Zulfiqar, Azeem; Pfreundt, Andrea; Svendsen, Winnie Edith


    The ever-increasing complexity of the fabrication process of Point-of-care (POC) devices, due to high demand of functional versatility, compact size and ease-of-use, emphasizes the need of multifunctional materials that can be used to simplify this process. Polymers, currently in use for the fabr......The ever-increasing complexity of the fabrication process of Point-of-care (POC) devices, due to high demand of functional versatility, compact size and ease-of-use, emphasizes the need of multifunctional materials that can be used to simplify this process. Polymers, currently in use...... for the fabrication of the often needed microfluidic channels, have limitations in terms of their physicochemical properties. Therefore, the use of a multipurpose biocompatible material with better resistance to the chemical, thermal and electrical environment, along with capability of forming closed channel...... microfluidics is inevitable. This paper demonstrates a novel technique of fabricating microfluidic devices using polyimide (PI) which fulfills the aforementioned properties criteria. A fabrication process to pattern microfluidic channels, using partially cured PI, has been developed by using a dry etching...

  2. Making geospatial data in ASF archive readily accessible (United States)

    Gens, R.; Hogenson, K.; Wolf, V. G.; Drew, L.; Stern, T.; Stoner, M.; Shapran, M.


    The way geospatial data is searched, managed, processed and used has changed significantly in recent years. A data archive such as the one at the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF), one of NASA's twelve interlinked Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs), used to be searched solely via user interfaces that were specifically developed for its particular archive and data sets. ASF then moved to using an application programming interface (API) that defined a set of routines, protocols, and tools for distributing the geospatial information stored in the database in real time. This provided a more flexible access to the geospatial data. Yet, it was up to user to develop the tools to get a more tailored access to the data they needed. We present two new approaches for serving data to users. In response to the recent Nepal earthquake we developed a data feed for distributing ESA's Sentinel data. Users can subscribe to the data feed and are provided with the relevant metadata the moment a new data set is available for download. The second approach was an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web feature service (WFS). The WFS hosts the metadata along with a direct link from which the data can be downloaded. It uses the open-source GeoServer software (Youngblood and Iacovella, 2013) and provides an interface to include the geospatial information in the archive directly into the user's geographic information system (GIS) as an additional data layer. Both services are run on top of a geospatial PostGIS database, an open-source geographic extension for the PostgreSQL object-relational database (Marquez, 2015). Marquez, A., 2015. PostGIS essentials. Packt Publishing, 198 p. Youngblood, B. and Iacovella, S., 2013. GeoServer Beginner's Guide, Packt Publishing, 350 p.

  3. Moisture absorption analysis of high performance polyimide adhesive

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    Akram, M.; Jansen, K.M.B.; Bhowmik, S.; Ernst, L.J.


    The high temperature resistant polymers and metal composites are used widely in aviation, space, automotive and electronics industry. The high temperature resistant polymers and metals are joined together using high temperature adhesives. Polyimide and epoxy adhesives that can withstand high

  4. A continuum model for carbon nanotube-infused polyimides (United States)

    Wilson, Heather; Banda, Sumanth; Smith, Ralph C.; Ounaies, Zoubeida


    Polyimides are presently being investigated for a wide range of aeronautic, aerospace and industrial applications due to the fact that they have good thermal and chemical resistance yet are flexible. Within the realm of aerospace applications, polyimides can be employed for deployment, positioning, and vibration attenuation of large structures including thin-film membrane mirrors and gossamer antennas. The inclusion of single wall carbon nanotubes raises the conductivity levels to permit electric discharge. Additionally, they augment the electromechanical coupling properties of piezoelectric polyimides to provide them with actuator capabilities. We present a temperature-dependent material model based on elasticity theory which characterizes stiffness through the material as a function of varying concentrations of single wall nanotubes (SWNT). We begin by investigating the temperature affects on the polyimide. We then discuss the effects of SWNT volume concentration on the composite storage modulus. The composite model takes into account the alignment, interphase, and geometry of the SWNTs.

  5. Surface Modification of Titanium and Polyimide Sheet for Adhesive Bonding

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    Akram, M.


    Major industrial sectors like automotive, aerospace and others are increasingly using polymer composites in their structural parts. Polyimide sheet and adhesives, are high performance polymers. They are widely used in various engineering applications due to their excellent thermal, mechanical and

  6. Polyimide Aerogels with Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure (United States)

    Panek, John


    Polyimide aerogels with three-dimensional cross-linked structure are made using linear oligomeric segments of polyimide, and linked with one of the following into a 3D structure: trifunctional aliphatic or aromatic amines, latent reactive end caps such as nadic anhydride or phenylethynylphenyl amine, and silica or silsesquioxane cage structures decorated with amine. Drying the gels supercritically maintains the solid structure of the gel, creating a polyimide aerogel with improved mechanical properties over linear polyimide aerogels. Lightweight, low-density structures are desired for acoustic and thermal insulation for aerospace structures, habitats, astronaut equipment, and aeronautic applications. Aerogels are a unique material for providing such properties because of their extremely low density and small pore sizes. However, plain silica aerogels are brittle. Reinforcing the aerogel structure with a polymer (X-Aerogel) provides vast improvements in strength while maintaining low density and pore structure. However, degradation of polymers used in cross-linking tends to limit use temperatures to below 150 C. Organic aerogels made from linear polyimide have been demonstrated, but gels shrink substantially during supercritical fluid extraction and may have lower use temperature due to lower glass transition temperatures. The purpose of this innovation is to raise the glass transition temperature of all organic polyimide aerogel by use of tri-, tetra-, or poly-functional units in the structure to create a 3D covalently bonded network. Such cross-linked polyimides typically have higher glass transition temperatures in excess of 300 400 C. In addition, the reinforcement provided by a 3D network should improve mechanical stability, and prevent shrinkage on supercritical fluid extraction. The use of tri-functional aromatic or aliphatic amine groups in the polyimide backbone will provide such a 3D structure.

  7. Neurite outgrowth on fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation

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    Okuyama, Y.; Sato, M.; Nagaoka, S.; Kawakami, H. E-mail:; Suzuki, Y.; Iwaki, M


    In this study, we investigated neurite outgrowth on a fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation. We used the fluorinated polyimide because of its excellent thermal and mechanical properties and biocompatibility. Rattus norvegicus chromaphin (PC12) cells were used for in vitro studies. The polyimide films were irradiated with He{sup +}, Ne{sup +} or Kr{sup +} at 1 x 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} using an ion-beam mask. The lines in the mask were 120 and 160 {mu}m wide and 120-160 {mu}m apart. PC12 cells were selectively adhered on the polyimide film micropatterned by Kr{sup +}-irradiation. However, the neurite length on the film irradiated by Kr{sup +} was shorter than that determined in the film irradiated by He{sup +}. On the other hand, neurite outgrowth on the polyimide film micropatterned by He{sup +}-irradiation was at least 100 {mu}m in length. This initial study indicated the enhanced outgrowth of PC12 cells on the fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation.

  8. Rational design of intrinsically ultramicroporous polyimides containing bridgehead-substituted triptycene for highly selective and permeable gas separation membranes

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    Swaidan, Raja


    Highly ultramicroporous, solution-processable polyimides bearing 9,10-bridgehead-substituted triptycene demonstrated the highest BET surface area reported for polyimides (840 m2 g-1) and several new highs in gas selectivity and permeability for hydrogen (1630-3980 barrers, H2/CH4 ∼ 38) and air (230-630 barrers, O 2/N2 = 5.5-5.9) separations. Two new dianhydrides bearing 9,10-diethyl- and 9,10-dipropyltriptycenes indicate that the ultramicroporosity is optimized for fast polymeric sieving with the use of short, bulky isopropyl bridgeheads and methyl-substituted diamines (TrMPD, TMPD, and TMBZ) that increase intrachain rigidity. Mechanically, the triptycene-based analogue of a spirobisindane-based polyimide exhibited 50% increases in both tensile strength at break (94 MPa) and elastic modulus (2460 MPa) with corresponding 90% lower elongations at break (6%) likely due to the ability of highly entangled spiro-based chains to unwind. To guide future polyimide design, structure/property relationships are suggested between the geometry of the contortion center, the diamine and bridgehead substituent, and the mechanical, microstructural, and gas transport properties. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  9. Low void content autoclave molded titanium alloy and polyimide graphite composite structures. (United States)

    Vaughan, R. W.; Jones, R. J.; Creedon, J. F.


    This paper discusses a resin developed for use in autoclave molding of polyimide graphite composite stiffened, titanium alloy structures. Both primary and secondary bonded structures were evaluated that were produced by autoclave processing. Details of composite processing, adhesive formulary, and bonding processes are provided in this paper, together with mechanical property data for structures. These data include -65 F, room temperature, and 600 F shear strengths; strength retention after aging; and stress rupture properties at 600 F under various stress levels for up to 1000 hours duration. Typically, shear strengths in excess of 16 ksi at room temperature with over 60% strength retention at 600 F were obtained with titanium alloy substrates.

  10. Long-term culture of astrocytes attenuates the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles.

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    Hiroyuki Kawano

    Full Text Available The astrocyte is a major glial cell type of the brain, and plays key roles in the formation, maturation, stabilization and elimination of synapses. Thus, changes in astrocyte condition and age can influence information processing at synapses. However, whether and how aging astrocytes affect synaptic function and maturation have not yet been thoroughly investigated. Here, we show the effects of prolonged culture on the ability of astrocytes to induce synapse formation and to modify synaptic transmission, using cultured autaptic neurons. By 9 weeks in culture, astrocytes derived from the mouse cerebral cortex demonstrated increases in β-galactosidase activity and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP expression, both of which are characteristic of aging and glial activation in vitro. Autaptic hippocampal neurons plated on these aging astrocytes showed a smaller amount of evoked release of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, and a lower frequency of miniature release of glutamate, both of which were attributable to a reduction in the pool of readily releasable synaptic vesicles. Other features of synaptogenesis and synaptic transmission were retained, for example the ability to induce structural synapses, the presynaptic release probability, the fraction of functional presynaptic nerve terminals, and the ability to recruit functional AMPA and NMDA glutamate receptors to synapses. Thus the presence of aging astrocytes affects the efficiency of synaptic transmission. Given that the pool of readily releasable vesicles is also small at immature synapses, our results are consistent with astrocytic aging leading to retarded synapse maturation.

  11. Physicochemical and morphological analysis of ten tomato varieties identifies quality traits more readily manipulated through breeding and traditional selection methods (United States)

    Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.) are an important source of nutrients in contemporary diets due to readily available fresh fruit and processed products, their popularity, and the sheer volume consumed. This study is part of a larger project undertaken by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to...

  12. Preparation of Thermoplastic Polyimide Ultrafine Fiber Nonwovens by Electrospinning

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    CHEN Jun


    Full Text Available The superfine fiber of thermoplastic polyimide(LPI, whose average diameter ranges from 0.36μm to 1.47μm, was prepared through electrospinning with DMAc as solvent. It lays a good foundation for the mass preparation of LPI non-woven. The influence of electrospinning process conditions, including LPI concentration, flow rate and voltage, on morphology of LPI fiber was investigated systematically. The results show that the average diameter increases and the fibers diameter distribution turns wider with the LPI concentration increasing from 22%(mass fraction, same as below to 30%. Meanwhile, when the concentration is rather lower, some cambiform fibers can be observed. As the concentration increases, the cambiform fiber disappears. While the concentration increases continually, the fibers are adhered to be flakiness. The change of the spinning voltage makes little difference on the average diameter of fibers; the average diameter of fibers increases with the increase of the flow rate of LPI solution; when the flow rate is more than 1.5mL/h, the fibers start to be adhered, the cambiform fibers appear while the flow rate is over 1.8mL/h. Through optimizing the process, the LPI fibers with average diameter of 1.18μm were prepared under 30℃ with the conditions of 28% concentration, 15kV voltage, 1.2mL/h flow rate and the 25cm receiving distance.

  13. Triptycene-based dianhydrides, polyimides, methods of making each, and methods of use

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    Ghanem, Bader


    A triptycene-based monomer, a method of making a triptycene-based monomer, a triptycene-based aromatic polyimide, a method of making a triptycene- based aromatic polyimide, methods of using triptycene-based aromatic polyimides, structures incorporating triptycene-based aromatic polyimides, and methods of gas separation are provided. Embodiments of the triptycene-based monomers and triptycene-based aromatic polyimides have high permeabilities and excellent selectivities. Embodiments of the triptycene-based aromatic polyimides have one or more of the following characteristics: intrinsic microporosity, good thermal stability, and enhanced solubility. In an exemplary embodiment, the triptycene-based aromatic polyimides are microporous and have a high BET surface area. In an exemplary embodiment, the triptycene-based aromatic polyimides can be used to form a gas separation membrane.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of fluorinated polyaminoquinones and fluorinated polyimides (United States)

    Vaccaro, Eleonora

    Phenolic and quinonoid compounds are widely studied in biological sciences because of their ability to chelate heavy metals like iron and copper and recently have found new applications in synthetic macromolecules. Amino- p-benzoquinone polymers, poly[(2,5-hexamethylenediamino)-1,4-benzoquinone] and poly {[2,5-(2,2'-bistrifluoromethyl)-4,4' -biphenylenediamino]1,4-benzoquinone}, were synthesized and evaluated as adhesion promoters for steel/epoxy joints. An improvement in the torsional shear strength of these joints was observed when these polymers were used as adhesion promoters. The durability of the adhesive bond was also improved after boiling water treatment, relative to untreated and silane treated joints. The improvement in adhesion could be attributed to the formation of a chelate between the polyaminoquinone (PAQ) and the iron surface and a chemical reaction between the PAQ and the epoxy resin. A low molecular weight model compound, bis[2,5-(4-methylanilido)]-1,4-benzoquinone was also used to study coupling between the epoxy adhesive and the steel surface. Electron spin resonance (ESR), atomic absorption spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy were used to document the epoxy-coupling agent reaction and the chelate formation. Polyimides have acquired importance in the last twenty years as the most promising macromolecules for high technology applications in new materials. Their good thermo-oxidative stability is well known, as well as their high glass transition temperature. Polyimides are versatile polymers, which can be utilized for a wide range of applications: i.e., as matrices for high performance advanced composite materials, as thin films in electronic applications, as structural adhesives and sealants and as membranes for gas separation. A novel anhydride, 1,1,1-trifluoromethyl-1-pentafluorophenylethylidene-2,2-diphthalic anhydride, 8FDA, was synthesized. Five diamines were used in the synthesis of polyimides, namely p-phenylene diamine, 3

  15. Fatigue Characterization for Flexible Circuit with Polyimide on Adhesiveless Copper (United States)

    Huang, Kuo-Hua; Duh, Jenq-Gong


    Adhesiveless materials are commonly used for electric or portable products that need high flexibility in operation. We studied a structure which included copper substrate and polyimide (PI) film without any resin to avoid residual resin issues during the manufacturing process. Life-time and fatigue characteristics require further study. Normally, the technique to measure life-time is by storing samples to monitor the changes over a long period, but this is time-consuming. An accelerated aging test is an alternative way to predict and evaluate the property shift in the short term; nevertheless, the test conditions will influence the results. Temperature and relative humidity are the major environmental parameters, and the conditions at 85°C/85% relative humidity (RH) and 150°C are discussed in this paper. A better prediction was found using accelerated testing at 85°C/85% RH after comparing with data from samples stored for 3 years, with errors <5%. Also, the copper grain microstructure affects the fatigue character and mechanical properties. The best flexibility is achieved when an appropriate copper and PI thickness has been identified.

  16. Reinforced Thermoplastic Polyimide with Dispersed Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (United States)

    Lebron-Colon, Marisabel; Meador, Michael A.; Gaier, James R.; Sola, Francisco; Scheiman, Daniel A.; McCorkle, Linda S.


    Molecular pi-complexes were formed from pristine HiPCO single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and 1-pyrene- N-(4- N'-(5-norbornene-2,3-dicarboxyimido)phenyl butanamide, 1. Polyimide films were prepared with these complexes as well as uncomplexed SWCNTs and the effects of nanoadditive addition on mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of these films were evaluated. Although these properties were enhanced by both nanoadditives, larger increases in tensile strength and thermal and electrical conductivities were obtained when the SWCNT/1 complexes were used. At a loading level of 5.5 wt %, the Tg of the polyimide increased from 169 to 197 C and the storage modulus increased 20-fold (from 142 to 3045 MPa). The addition of 3.5 wt % SWCNT/1 complexes increased the tensile strength of the polyimide from 61.4 to 129 MPa; higher loading levels led to embrittlement and lower tensile strengths. The electrical conductivities (DC surface) of the polyimides increased to 1 x 10(exp -4) Scm(exp -1) (SWCNT/1 complexes loading level of 9 wt %). Details of the preparation of these complexes and their effects on polyimide film properties are discussed.

  17. Preparation and characterization of novel thermoset polyimide and polyimide-peo doped with LiCF3SO3

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    M. H. Ugur


    Full Text Available This paper deals with the synthesis and characterization of a new type of anhydrous ionic conducting lithium doped membranes consist of polyimide (PI, poly (ethylene oxide (PEO and lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3 for solid polymer electrolyte (SPE. For this purpose, different molar ratios of lithium salt (Li-salt solution are added into poly (amic acid (PAA intermediate prepared from the reaction of 3,3',4,4'-benzophenon tetracarboxylic dianhydride (BTDA and 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA. PEO is incorporated into PAA since it forms more stable complexes and possess high ionic conductivities. Then, Li-salt containing PAA solutions are imidized by thermal process. The effect of interaction between host polymer and Li-salt is characterized by FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy and SEM (scanning electron micrsocopy. The conductivities of Li-salt and PEO containing PI composite membranes are in the range of 10–7–10–5 S•cm–1. The conductivity increases with incorporation of PEO. Thermogravimetric analysis results reveal that the PI/PEO/LiCF3SO3 composite polymer electrolyte membranes are thermally stable up to 500°C.

  18. Measurement and improvement of the adhesion of copper to polyimide

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    Menezes, M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois (United States); Robertson, I. M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois (United States); Birnbaum, H. K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois (United States)


    A contact angle measurement technique has been used to obtain an estimate of the interfacial energy and thermodynamic adhesive strength between copper and polyimide [pyromellitic dyanhydride oxydianalyn (PMDA-ODA) and p-phenylene biphenylteracarboinide (BPDA-PDA)]. Values of the strength of adhesion from these contact angle measurements are in reasonable agreement with values calculated using the Girifalco-Good-Fowkes nonpolar interfacial adhesion theory. Based on the surface energy it was predicted and experimentally observed that small copper clusters would embed into the polymer matrix if heated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions at temperatures near T{sub g} of the polymer. Controlled embedding of nanometer clusters was utilized to produce a textured interface, where the partially embedded clusters acted as ''nanonails'' to anchor a metal overlayer to the underlying polyimide substrate. These nanonails greatly increased the bonding between the copper overlayer and the polyimide, as demonstrated by mechanical debonding studies. (c) 1999 Materials Research Society.

  19. 16 CFR 1101.13 - Public ability to ascertain readily identity of manufacturer or private labeler. (United States)


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  20. Fundamental aspects of polyimide dry film and composite lubrication: A review (United States)

    Fusaro, R. L.


    The tribological properties of polyimide dry films and composites are reviewed. Friction coefficients, wear rates, transfer film characteristics, wear surface morphology, and possible wear mechanisms of several different polyimide films, polyimide-bonded solid lubricants, polyimide solid bodies, and polyimide composites are discussed. Such parameters as temperature, type of atmosphere, load, contact stress, and specimen configuration are investigated. Data from an accelerated test device (Pin-on-Disk) are compared to similar data obtained from an end use application test device (plain spherical bearing).

  1. Systems and methods for using a boehmite bond-coat with polyimide membranes for gas separation (United States)

    Polishchuk, Kimberly Ann


    The subject matter disclosed herein relates to gas separation membranes and, more specifically, to polyimide gas separation membranes. In an embodiment, a gas separation membrane includes a porous substrate, a substantially continuous polyimide membrane layer, and one or more layers of boehmite nanoparticles disposed between the porous substrate and the polyimide membrane layer to form a bond-coat layer. The bond-coat layer is configured to improve the adhesion of the polyimide membrane layer to the porous substrate, and the polyimide membrane layer has a thickness approximately 100 nm or less.

  2. Evaluation of Nanoclay Exfoliation Strategies for Thermoset Polyimide Nanocomposite Systems (United States)

    Ginter, Michael J.; Jana, Sadhan C.; Miller, Sandi G.


    Prior works show exfoliated layered silicate reinforcement improves polymer composite properties. However, achieving full clay exfoliation in high performance thermoset polyimides remains a challenge. This study explores a new method of clay exfoliation, which includes clay intercalation by lower molecular weight PMR monomer under conditions of low and high shear and sonication, clay treatments by aliphatic and aromatic surfactants, and clay dispersion in primary, higher molecular weight PMR resin. Clay spacing, thermal, and mechanical properties were evaluated and compared with the best results available in literature for PMR polyimide systems.

  3. Molecular Simulation of Ionic Polyimides and Composites with Ionic Liquids as Gas-Separation Membranes. (United States)

    Abedini, Asghar; Crabtree, Ellis; Bara, Jason E; Turner, C Heath


    Polyimides are at the forefront of advanced membrane materials for CO2 capture and gas-purification processes. Recently, ionic polyimides (i-PIs) have been reported as a new class of condensation polymers that combine structural components of both ionic liquids (ILs) and polyimides through covalent linkages. In this study, we report CO2 and CH4 adsorption and structural analyses of an i-PI and an i-PI + IL composite containing [C4mim][Tf2N]. The combination of molecular dynamics (MD) and grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations is used to compute the gas solubility and the adsorption performance with respect to the density, fractional free volume (FFV), and surface area of the materials. Our results highlight the polymer relaxation process and its correlation to the gas solubility. In particular, the surface area can provide meaningful guidance with respect to the gas solubility, and it tends to be a more sensitive indicator of the adsorption behavior versus only considering the system density and FFV. For instance, as the polymer continues to relax, the density, FFV, and pore-size distribution remain constant while the surface area can continue to increase, enabling more adsorption. Structural analyses are also conducted to identify the nature of the gas adsorption once the ionic liquid is added to the polymer. The presence of the IL significantly displaces the CO2 molecules from the ligand nitrogen sites in the neat i-PI to the imidazolium rings in the i-PI + IL composite. However, the CH4 molecules move from the imidazolium ring sites in the neat i-PI to the ligand nitrogen atoms in the i-PI + IL composite. These molecular details can provide critical information for the experimental design of highly selective i-PI materials as well as provide additional guidance for the interpretation of the simulated adsorption systems.

  4. Influence of Surface Modified MWCNTs on the Mechanical, Electrical and Thermal Properties of Polyimide Nanocomposites

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    Singh Deepankar


    Full Text Available Abstract Polyamic acid, the precursor of polyimide, was used for the preparation of polyimide/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs nanocomposite films by solvent casting technique. In order to enhance the chemical compatibility between polyimide matrix and MWCNTs, the latter was surface modified by incorporating acidic and amide groups by chemical treatment with nitric acid and octadecylamine (C18H39N, respectively. While the amide-MWCNT/polyimide composite shows higher mechanical properties at low loadings (<3 wt%, the acid-MWCNT/polyimide composites perform better at higher loadings (5 wt%. The tensile strength (TS and the Young’s modulus (YM values of the acid-MWCNT/polyimide composites at 5 wt% MWCNT loadings was 151 and 3360 MPa, respectively, an improvement of 54% in TS and 35% in YM over the neat polyimide film (TS = 98 MPa; YM = 2492 MPa. These MWCNT-reinforced composites show remarkable improvement in terms of thermal stability as compared to that for pure polyimide film. The electrical conductivity of 5 wt% acid modified MWCNTs/polyimide nanocomposites improved to 0.94 S cm −1(6.67 × 10 −18 S cm−1for pure polyimide the maximum achieved so far for MWCNT-polyimide composites.

  5. Solution Based Deposition of Polyimide Ablators for NIF Capsules

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    Cook, R


    Between June 1997 and March 2002 Luxel Corporation was contracted to explore the possibility of preparing NIF scale capsules with polyimide ablators using solution-based techniques. This work offered a potential alternative to a vapor deposition approach talking place at LLNL. The motivation for pursuing the solution-based approach was primarily two-fold. First, it was expected that much higher strength capsules (relative to vapor deposition) could be prepared since the solution precursors were known to produce high strength films. Second, in applying the ablator as a fluid it was expected that surface tension effects would lead to very smooth surfaces. These potential advantages were offset by expected difficulties, primary among them that the capsules would need to be levitated in some fashion (for example acoustically) during coating and processing, and that application of the coating uniformly to thicknesses of 150 pm on levitated capsules would be difficult. Because of the expected problems with the coupling of levitation and coating, most of the initial effort was to develop coating and processing techniques on stalk-mounted capsules. The program had some success. Using atomizer spray techniques in which application of {approx}5 {micro}m fluid coatings were alternated with heating to remove solvent resulted in up to 70 {micro}m thick coatings that were reasonably smooth at short wavelengths, and showed only about a 1 {micro}m thickness variation over long wavelengths. More controlled deposition with an inkjet devise was also developed. However difficult technical problems remained, and these problems coupled with the relative success of the vapor deposition approach led to the termination of the solution-based work in 2002. What follows is a compilation of the progress reports submitted by Luxel for this work which spanned a number of separate contracts. The reports are arranged chronologically, the last report in the collection has a modest summary of what

  6. Synthesis and properties of new polyimide/clay nanocomposite films

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    789–798. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Synthesis and properties of new polyimide/clay nanocomposite films. YAGOUB MANSOORI. ∗. , SOMAYEH SHAH SANAEI, MOHAMMAD-REZA ZAMANLOO,. GHOLAMHASSAN IMANZADEH and SEYED VAHID ATGHIA. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science, ...

  7. Synthesis and properties of new polyimide/clay nanocomposite films

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    Nanocomposites exhibit higher glass transition temperature and improved thermal properties compared to neat polyimide due to the interaction between polymer matrix and organoclay particles. The results are also compared with data of a similar work. Morphology study with scanning electron microscopy showed that the ...

  8. Osmosis and pervaporation in polyimide submicron microfluidic channel structures

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    Eijkel, Jan C.T.; Bomer, Johan G.; van den Berg, Albert


    Osmosis and pervaporation of water through the roof of all-polyimide channels of 500 nm height is described. The phenomena cause both a liquid flow in the channels and a concentration change of dissolved salt. Both effects are amplified due to the thin channel roof and the small channel height.

  9. Natural Gas Sweetening by Ultra-Microporous Polyimides Membranes

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    Alghunaimi, Fahd


    Most natural gas fields in Saudi Arabia contain around 10 mol.% carbon dioxide. The present technology to remove carbon dioxide is performed by chemical absorption, which has many drawbacks. Alternatively, membrane-based gas separation technology has attracted great interest in recent years due to: (i) simple modular design, (ii) potential cost effectiveness, (iii) ease of scale-up, and (iv) environmental friendliness. The state-of-the-art membrane materials for natural gas sweetening are glassy cellulose acetate and polyimide, which were introduced in the 1980s. In the near future, the kingdom is planning to boost its production of natural gas for power generation and increase the feedstock for new petrochemical plants. Therefore, the kingdom and worldwide market has an urgent need for better membrane materials to remove carbon dioxide from raw natural gas. The focus of this dissertation was to design new polyimide membrane materials for CO2/CH4 separation exhibiting high permeability and high selectivity relative to the standard commercial materials tested under realistic mixed-gas feed conditions. Furthermore, this study provided a fundamental understanding of structure/gas transport property relationships of triptycene-based PIM-polyimides. Optimally designed intrinsically microporous polyimide (PIM-PIs) membranes in this work exhibited drastically increased CO2/CH4 selectivities of up to ~75. In addition, a novel triptycene-based hydroxyl-containing polyimide (TDA1-APAF) showed 5-fold higher permeabilities over benchmark commercial materials such as cellulose acetate. Furthermore, this polyimide had a N2/CH4 selectivity of 2.3, thereby making it possible to simultaneously treat CO2- and N2-contaminated natural gas. Also, TDA1-APAF showed a CO2 permeability of 21 Barrer under binary 1:1 CO2/CH4 mixed-gas feed with a selectivity of 72 at a partial CO2 pressure of 10 bar which are significantly better than cellulose triacetate. These results suggest that TDA1

  10. Are some gestalt principles deployed more readily than others during early development? The case of lightness versus form similarity. (United States)

    Quinn, Paul C; Bhatt, Ramesh S


    Four experiments investigated how readily infants achieve perceptual organization by lightness and form similarity. Infants were (a) familiarized with elements that could be organized into rows or columns on the basis of lightness or form similarity and tested with vertical versus horizontal bars depicting the familiar versus novel organization or (b) familiarized with bars and tested with elements. For lightness similarity, generalization occurred in both tasks; however, for form similarity, generalization occurred only in the elements --> bars task. The findings indicate that lightness similarity is more readily deployed than form similarity and are discussed in the context of (a) whether the difference reflects speed of application or experience-based learning, (b) evidence from visual agnosic patients and the time course of application of the principles in healthy adults, and (c) development of dorsal and ventral visual processing streams. Copyright 2006 APA.

  11. Time-Resolved WAXD and FTIR Studies on Imidization-Induced Molecular Ordering in Polyimide Precursors (United States)

    Ree, Moonhor; Shin, Tae Joo; Lee, Byeongdu; Wang, Xiaodong; Youn, Hwa Shik; Lee, Ki-Bong


    In general, aromatic polyimides are not melt-processable and not soluble in common solvents so that they are always processed in their soluble precursor forms and followed by imidization. Most poyimide precursors are poorly ordered in the solid state but molecular ordering develops during imidization. In this study, the imidization-induced molecular ordering in precursors of PMDA-ODA polyimide was examined in detail by time-resolved wide-angle X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation source at Pohang Accelerator Laboratory while the degree of imidization was monitored by time-resolved FT-IR spectroscopy. The imidization was conducted isothermally and non-isothermally over 20-400 C under nitrogen atmosphere. The imidization behavior was dependent on the precursor types: polyamic acid started to imidize at 120 C while polyamic diethyl ester began to imidize at 190 C. The molecular ordering was strongly dependent on the degree of imidization: the molecular ordering was found to be developed as the imidization began. The molecular ordering behavior will be discussed in detail with considering precursor types and their imidization kinetics. [This study was supported in part by the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Science & Technology (G7 Project Program) and by POSCO].

  12. Aromatic Polyimide and Crosslinked Thermally Rearranged Poly(benzoxazole-co-imide) Membranes for Isopropanol Dehydration via Pervaporation

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    Ming Xu, Yi


    Novel crosslinked thermally rearranged polybenzoxazole (C-TR-PBO) membranes, which show impressive results for isopropanol dehydration, have been obtained via in-situ thermal conversion of hydroxyl-containing polyimide precursors. The polyimide precursors are synthesized by the polycondensation of three monomers; namely, 4,4′-(hexafluoroisopropylidene) diphthalic anhydride (6FDA), 3,3′-dihydroxybenzidine diamine (HAB) and 3,5-diaminobenzoic acid (DABA). Due to the incorporation of the carboxylic-group containing diamine DABA into an ortho-hydroxypolyimide precursor, the thermal induced crosslinking reaction can be achieved together with the thermal rearrangement process. Consequently, a synergistic effect of high permeability and high selectivity can be realized in one step. The resultant C-TR-PBO membrane exhibits an unambiguous enhancement in permeation flux compared to their polyimide precursors. Moreover, the newly developed C-TR-PBO membrane displays stable isopropanol dehydration performance at 60 °C throughout the continuous 200 hours. The promising preliminary results achieved in this study may offer useful insights for the selection of membrane materials for pervaporation and new methods to molecularly design next-generation pervaporation membranes.

  13. Laser bonded microjoints between titanium and polyimide for applications in medical implants. (United States)

    Mian, A; Newaz, G; Vendra, L; Rahman, N; Georgiev, D G; Auner, G; Witte, R; Herfurth, H


    Bioencapsulation of medical implant devices, and neural implant devices in particular, requires development of reliable hermetic joints between packaging materials that are often dissimilar. Titanium-polyimide is one of the biocompatible material systems, which are of interest to our research groups at Wayne State University and Fraunhofer USA. We have found processing conditions for successful joining of titanium with polyimide using near-infrared diode lasers or fiber lasers along transmission bonding lines with widths ranging from 200 to 300 microm. Laser powers of 2.2 and 3.8 W were used to create these joints. Laser-joined samples were tested in a microtester under tensile loading to determine joint strengths. In addition, finite element analysis (FEA) was conducted to understand the stress distribution within the bond area under tensile loading. The FEA model provides a full-field stress distribution in and around the joint that cause eventual failure. Results from the investigation provide an initial approach to characterize laser-fabricated microjoints between dissimilar materials that can be potentially used in optimization of bio-encapsulation design.

  14. Fabrication of optically-functionalized colorless polyimide patterns with high durability (United States)

    Jun, Junho; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Choi, Hak-Jong; Moon, Sungjin; Kim, Il-Doo; Lee, Heon


    Colorless polyimide (CPI) is a promising material for flexible substrates because of its excellent mechanical hardness, chemical durability, thermal stability, and high optical transmittance. In particular, its superior durability under heating and mechanical forces compared with other polymeric materials makes polyimide compatible for industrial applications. Thus, it has been actively investigated for use in preparing flexible and transparent substrates for optical devices. Nevertheless, there is little research on the direct pattering of CPI to form structures with various optical functions. In this research, a simple and cost-effective process involving the patterning of optically functional structures and imidization via thermal nanoimprint lithography (NIL) was developed. CPI films patterned with structures such as nanoscale and microscale cones were fabricated by thermal NIL, and their optical functions, including their anti-reflection and high scattering properties, were demonstrated by UV-vis analysis. Moreover, the patterned CPI film has an excellent thermal stability and a mechanical hardness up to 1.12 GPa; this value was nearly maintained even at 400 °C. Therefore, nano- to microscale optical patterns of CPI were successfully formed, and these structures are stable towards mechanical damage and high temperatures.

  15. Synthesis and gas transport properties of hydroxyl-functionalized polyimides with intrinsic microporosity

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    A newly designed diamine monomer, 3,3,3′,3′-tetramethyl-1, 1′-spirobisindane-5,5′-diamino-6,6′-diol, was successfully used to synthesize two types of polyimides for membrane-based gas separation applications. The novel polymers integrate significant microporosity and polar hydroxyl groups, showing the combined features of polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) and functional polyimides (PIs). They possess high thermal stability, good solubility, and easy processability for membrane fabrication; the resulting membranes exhibit good permeability owing to the intrinsic microporosity introduced by the highly contorted PIM segments as well as high CO 2/CH 4 selectivity that arises from the hydroxyl groups. The membranes show CO 2/CH 4 selectivities of >20 when tested with a 1:1 CO 2/CH 4 mixture for feed pressures up to 50 bar. In addition, the incorporation of hydroxyl groups and microporosity in the polymers enhances their affinity to water, leading to remarkable water sorption capacities of up to 22 wt % at 35 °C and 95% relative humidity. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  16. Photochemical Cyclopolymerization of Polyimides in Ultraviolet Ridgidizing Composites for Use in Inflatable Structures Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This innovation uses photochemical cyclopolymerization of polyimides to manufacture ultraviolet rigidizable composites for use in RIS (ridgidizing inflatable)...

  17. Radiation Abating Highly Flexible Multifunctional Polyimide Cryogenic and Thermal Insulation Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The development of highly flexible thermal insulation materials with multifunctional properties based in polyimide polymers and designed to provide significant...

  18. Principles and Application of Polyimide Fiber Bragg Gratings for Surface Strain Measurement

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    Yangyang Sun


    Full Text Available Although theoretical investigation has demonstrated that fewer strain transfer layers imply a greater strain transfer ratio, as well as increased accuracy, most researchers are still focused on investigating encapsulated Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs in surface strain measurements. This is because, in a traditional view, bare FBGs are too fragile to be mounted on the substrate for measuring surface strain. Polyimide FBGs may provide a better balance point between accuracy and protection. A new method to measure surface strain with polyimide fiber Bragg gratings is proposed. Bare polyimide FBGs have a polyimide coating, but like regular non-coated FBGs. This gives polyimide FBGs a higher strain transfer ratio and response frequency. Bare polyimide FBGs can be considered as uncoated FBGs. The coupling of the matrix material of polyimide FBGs is improved as compared to FBGs without coating. In order to verify the capacity for surface strain measurement, polyimide FBGs are mounted to obtain the surface strain of a concrete specimen with SM130-700 interrogator from Micron Optics Incorporation (MOI with a sampling frequency maximum of 2000 Hz. The experiment demonstrates that polyimide FBGs work well even in dynamic surface strain measurements such as explosion measurement. Validation experiment in this paper also proposed that fewer strain transfer layers can increase dynamic response frequency and coupling between FBG and substrate.

  19. Latent synthesis of electrically conductive surface-silvered polyimide films. (United States)

    Davis, Luke M; Abelt, Christopher J; Scott, Joseph L; Orlova, Evguenia; Thompson, David W


    A facile ambient temperature route to the fabrication of surface silver-metallized polyimide films is described. Silver(I) trifluoromethanesulfonate or silver(I) nitrate and a polyimide, derived from 2,2-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl)hexafluoropropane dianhydride and an equimolar amount of 4,4'-oxydianiline and 3,5-diaminobenzoic acid, were dissolved together in dimethylacetamide. Silver(I)-doped films were prepared at thicknesses of 25-40 microm and depleted of solvent by evaporation at ambient temperature and low humidity. The silver(I)-ion-containing films were then treated with aqueous solutions of the reducing agents hydrazine hydrate and hydroxylamine, which brought forth surface-silvered films exhibiting conductivity on the order of bulk polycrystalline silver accompanied by modest-to-high specular reflectivity.

  20. Polyimide resin composites via in situ polymerization of monomeric reactants (United States)

    Cavano, P. J.


    Thermo-oxidatively stable polyimide/graphite-fiber composites were prepared using a unique in situ polymerization of monomeric reactants directly on reinforcing fibers. This was accomplished by using an aromatic diamine and two ester-acids in a methyl alcohol solvent, rather than a previously synthesized prepolymer varnish, as with other A-type polyimides. A die molding procedure was developed and a composite property characterization conducted with high modulus graphite fiber tow. Flexure, tensile, compressive, and shear tests were conducted at temperatures from 72 to 650 F on laminates before and after exposures at the given temperatures in an air environment for times up to 1000 hours. The composite material was determined to be oxidatively, thermally, and hydrolytically stable.

  1. Buckling and failure characteristics of graphite-polyimide shear panels (United States)

    Shuart, M. J.; Hagaman, J. A.


    The buckling and failure characteristics of unstiffened, blade stiffened, and hat stiffened graphite-polyimide shear panels are described. The picture frame shear test is used to obtain shear stress-strain data at room temperature and at 316 deg C. The experimental results are compared with a linear buckling analysis, and the specimen failure modes are described. The effect of the 316 deg C test temperature on panel behavior are discussed.

  2. Inorganic Islands on a Highly Stretchable Polyimide Substrate


    Vlassak, Joost J.; Sun, Jeong-Yun; Lu, Nanshu; Yoon, Juil; Oh, Kyu-Hwan; Suo, Zhigang


    For a flexible electronic device integrating inorganic materials on a polymer substrate, the polymer can deform substantially, but the inorganic materials usually fracture at small strains. This paper describes an approach to make such a device highly stretchable. A polyimide substrate is first coated with a thin layer of an elastomer, on top of which SiNx islands are fabricated. When the substrate is stretched to a large strain, the SiNx islands remain intact. Calculations confirm that th...

  3. Polyimide Aerogels Using Triisocyanate as Cross-linker. (United States)

    Nguyen, Baochau N; Meador, Mary Ann B; Scheiman, Daniel; McCorkle, Linda


    A family of polyimide (PI)-based aerogels is produced using Desmodur N3300A, an inexpensive triisocyanate, as the cross-linker. The aerogels are prepared by cross-linking amine end-capped polyimide oligomers with the triisocyanate. The polyimide oligomers are formulated using 2,2'-dimethylbenzidine, 4,4'-oxydianiline, or mixtures of both diamines, combined with 3,3',4,4'-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride, and are chemically imidized at room temperature. Depending on the backbone chemistry, chain length, and polymer concentration, density of the aerogels ranged from 0.06 to 0.14 g/cm(3) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface areas ranged from 350 to 600 m(2)/g. Compressive moduli of these aerogels were as high as 225 MPa, which are comparable to, or higher than, those previously reported prepared with similar backbone structures but with other cross-linkers. Because of their lower cost and commercial availability as cross-linker, the aerogels may have further potential as insulation for building and construction, clothing, sporting goods, and automotive applications, although lower-temperature stability may limit their use in some aerospace applications.

  4. The influence of moisture on charge relaxation in modified polyimide films

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    Almaz M. Kamalov


    Full Text Available The charge relaxation processes in the films based on polyimide and polytetrafluoroethylene (the latter serves as a coating have been studied. The coating effect on the charge relaxation processes in the films under high humidity conditions was revealed. The obtained experimental data was analyzed in the context of the present-day knowledge of the charge relaxation mechanism. The complex spectra of the thermally stimulated depolarization currents (TSDC were resolved into individual components described by the first-order kinetics equations using computer simulation. The TSDC activation energies were calculated and interpreted in terms of the mechanism of release of charge carriers. It was shown that the polytetrafluoroethylene coats on film surfaces lead to an essential increase in the electret state stability at elevated temperature and high humidity.

  5. Multi-step surface functionalization of polyimide based evanescent wave photonic biosensors and application for DNA hybridization by Mach-Zehnder interferometer

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    Melnik, Eva [Health and Environment Department, Nano Systems, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Vienna (Austria); Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Waehringer Strasse 38, 1090 Vienna (Austria); Bruck, Roman [Health and Environment Department, Nano Systems, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Vienna (Austria); Hainberger, Rainer, E-mail: [Health and Environment Department, Nano Systems, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Vienna (Austria); Laemmerhofer, Michael, E-mail: [Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Waehringer Strasse 38, 1090 Vienna (Austria)


    Highlights: {yields} We realize a biosensing platform for polyimide evanescent photonic wave sensors. {yields} We show that the surface functionalization via silanisation and biotinylation followed by streptavidin immobilization do not destroy or damage the thin polyimide film. {yields} A highly dense streptavidin layer enables the immobilisation of biotinylated ligands such as biotinylated ssDNA for the selective measurement of DNA hybridization. - Abstract: The process of surface functionalization involving silanization, biotinylation and streptavidin bonding as platform for biospecific ligand immobilization was optimized for thin film polyimide spin-coated silicon wafers, of which the polyimide film serves as a wave guiding layer in evanescent wave photonic biosensors. This type of optical sensors make great demands on the materials involved as well as on the layer properties, such as the optical quality, the layer thickness and the surface roughness. In this work we realized the binding of a 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane on an oxygen plasma activated polyimide surface followed by subsequent derivatization of the reactive thiol groups with maleimide-PEG{sub 2}-biotin and immobilization of streptavidin. The progress of the functionalization was monitored by using different fluorescence labels for optimization of the chemical derivatization steps. Further, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy were utilized for the characterization of the modified surface. These established analytical methods allowed to derive information like chemical composition of the surface, surface coverage with immobilized streptavidin, as well as parameters of the surface roughness. The proposed functionalization protocol furnished a surface density of 144 fmol mm{sup -2} streptavidin with good reproducibility (13.9% RSD, n = 10) and without inflicted damage to the surface. This surface modification was applied to polyimide based Mach-Zehnder interferometer

  6. Determination of polymer chain orientation in rubbed polyimide films (United States)

    Sands, James Matthew

    The mechanism by which small molecule liquid crystals are oriented on the surface of rubbed polyimide films has long been unexplained. Here, the surface and near surface orientation of polymer chains in rubbed films of BPDA-PDA polyimide is demonstrated and quantified by surface analysis. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS) and near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) are used to characterize the surface of rubbed and unrubbed polyimide films. In-plane, the polymer films, which are isotropic when unrubbed, become highly anisotropic when rubbed which is evidence for polymer chain orientation. GIXS analysis shows that the polyimide chains which are aligned perpendicular to the rub are affected to a great extent, while polymer chains aligned in the rubbing direction are largely unaffected. The surface anisotropy is, therefore, a result of a decrease in number of chains oriented perpendicular to the rubbing axis. The anisotropy is shown to depend upon the rubbing distance and the rubbing load. Again, GIXS demonstrates that the 1/e alignment load for the surface layer is 2.8 g/cmsp2, and the 1/e alignment distance is 60 cm. The rubbing affects only the polymer chains which are at the surface; the depth to which the chains are affected is measured to be 110 A by depth sensitive GIXS. NEXAFS results complement the GIXS analysis. NEXAFS results demonstrate that the near surface layer (10 A) orients under smaller rubbing loads (1/e alignment load is 1.2 g/cmsp2), but the 1/e alignment distance is the same (67 cm). Overall, the results point to a mechanism of polyimide chain orientation in the surface of rubbed films. The evidence demonstrates that the surface is yielding due to the applied stress. A review of the rubbing conditions demonstrates that the microscopic stress at the surface, even under small macroscopic loads, is considerably larger than the yield stress for the bulk film and is sufficient for the polymer surface to yield.

  7. Hydroxyl-Containing Aromatic Polyimides for Carbon Dioxide Removal from Natural Gas

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    Alaslai, Nasser Y.


    Natural gas is among the most dominant resources to provide energy supplies and Saudi Arabia ranks among the top 5 producers worldwide. However, prior to use of methane, natural gas has to be treated to remove other feed gas components, such as H2O, CO2, H2S, N2 and C2+ hydrocarbons. Most NG fields in KSA contain about 10 mol% carbon dioxide that has to be reduced to less than 2 mol% for pipeline delivery. The conventional unit operations for natural gas separations, that is, molecular sieves, amine absorption, cryogenic distillation, and turbo expansion exhibit some disadvantages in terms of economics, operational flexibility or system footprint. One of the most attractive alternative is membrane technology in either standalone- or hybrid system configuration. Currently, the only two membrane materials used in industrial natural gas applications are cellulose acetate and polyimide, which have moderate permeability and fairly low selectivity when tested under realistic industrial conditions. The goal for future research is to develop unique polymeric membranes, which can at least partially replace conventional gas processing in future natural gas projects. This will support global economics and specifically the economy of Saudi Arabia. Newly developed polymeric materials must meet certain criteria to be used on a commercial scale. These criteria include: (i) high permeability and selectivity, (ii) processability into thin films, (iii) mechanical and thermal stability, and (iv) chemical stability against feed gas components. This project focused on the removal of carbon dioxide from natural gas by developing and characterizing functionalized aromatic polyimide membrane materials that exhibit very high selectivity under aggressive mixed-gas conditions. 6FDA-DAR demonstrated a mixed-gas CO2/CH4 selectivity of 78 at a CO2 partial pressure of 10 bar with no pronounced indication of plasticization. Combining hydroxyl- and carboxyl groups in a miscible polyimide blend led

  8. Mechanically robust, readily repairable polymers via tailored noncovalent cross-linking. (United States)

    Yanagisawa, Yu; Nan, Yiling; Okuro, Kou; Aida, Takuzo


    Expanding the range of healable materials is an important challenge for sustainable societies. Noncrystalline, high molecular weight polymers generally form mechanically robust materials, which, however, are difficult to repair once they are fractured. This is because their polymer chains are heavily entangled and diffuse too sluggishly to unite fractured surfaces within reasonable timescales. Here, we report that low molecular weight polymers, when cross-linked by dense hydrogen bonds, give mechanically robust yet readily repairable materials, despite their extremely slow diffusion dynamics. A key was to utilize thiourea, which anomalously forms a zigzag hydrogen-bonded array that does not induce unfavorable crystallization. Another key was to incorporate a structural element for activating the exchange of hydrogen-bonded pairs, which enables the fractured portions to rejoin readily upon compression. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  9. Understanding the folding process of synthetic polymers by small ...

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    was readily monitored by NMR titrations. The effect of various parameters, such as structures of the folding agent and polymer, and the solvent composition, on the folding propensities of the polymer was studied. Keywords. Polyimides; NMR titration; foldamer; folding agent. 1. Introduction. Control of polymer conformation in ...

  10. Polyimide, dianhydride monomers, and polymers, methods of making and uses thereof

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    Pinnau, Ingo


    Embodiments of the present disclosure include, a dianhydride monomer, a polyimide, a method of making a dianhydride, a method of making a polyimide, and the like. Embodiments of the present disclosure can be used in membrane-based gas separation applications.

  11. 77 FR 62259 - Certain Polyimide Films, Products Containing Same, and Related Methods Commission Determination... (United States)


    ... Polyimide Films, Products Containing Same, and Related Methods Commission Determination To Affirm the Final Initial Determination With Respect to the Issues on Review and To Terminate the Investigation AGENCY: U.S... after importation of certain polyimide films, products containing same, and related methods by reason of...

  12. Anisotropic properties of high-temperature polyimide thin films: Dielectric and thermal-expansion behaviors (United States)

    Ree, M.; Chen, K.-J.; Kirby, D. P.; Katzenellenbogen, N.; Grischkowsky, D.


    Multilayer poly(p-phenylene biphenyltetracarboximide) (BPDA-PDA) polyimide films of 172 μm total thickness (11.4 μm per layer) were prepared from the poly(amic acid) precursor solution through repetition of a spin-coat/softbake/cure process. Wide-angle x-ray diffraction results indicate that the polyimide molecules in the multilayer films are highly ordered along the chain axes as well as in the lateral direction and furthermore are highly oriented in the film plane as observed in a single-layer film of 11.4 μm thickness. The multilayer films showed the same dynamic mechanical properties and glass transition behavior (Tg = 330 °C) as a single-layer film. For the multilayer films both the in-plane dielectric constant (ɛ'XY) and out-of-plane thermal-expansion coefficient (αZ) were measured using time-domain spectroscopy and conventional thermal mechanical analysis, respectively. The ɛ'XY at room temperature was 3.69 (±0.08) over a frequency range of 0.35-2.50 THz. A similar ɛ'XY is predicted at frequencies of ≤0.35 THz. In contrast to the ɛ'XY, a relatively lower out-of-plane dielectric constant (ɛ'Z) was observed: ɛ'Z = 2.96-3.03 (±0.02) at 1 MHz, depending on moisture content in the film. The dielectric loss ɛ`Z at 1 MHz was 0.011-0.014 (±0.001), depending on moisture content. The measured αZ was 74 ppm/°C over the temperature range of 25-150 °C, which was much higher than αXY = 2.6-5 ppm/°C. Consequently, large anisotropic ɛ' and α have been observed in the in plane and out of plane of the thermally imidized BPDA-PDA films. The anisotropic ɛ' and α were caused by high in-plane orientation of the polyimide molecules highly ordered along the chain axes in the films.

  13. Electro-active Polymer Actuator Based on Sulfonated Polyimide with Highly Conductive Silver Electrodes Via Self-metallization. (United States)

    Song, Jiangxuan; Jeon, Jin-Han; Oh, Il-Kwon; Park, K C


    We report here a facile synthesis of high performance electro-active polymer actuator based on a sulfonated polyimide with well-defined silver electrodes via self-metallization. The proposed method greatly reduces fabrication time and cost, and obviates a cation exchange process required in the fabrication of ionic polymer-metal composite actuators. Also, the self-metallized silver electrodes exhibit outstanding metal-polymer adhesion with high conductivity, resulting in substantially larger tip displacements compared with Nafion-based actuators. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Polyimide/silica hybrids via the sol-gel route: High performance materials for the new technological challenges

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    Full Text Available The present review article describes in detail the state-of-the-art of organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on polyimide/silica components. The article is divided in three parts. In the first the basic processing route for the preparation of these systems is described, i.e. the sol-gel technique, along with the strategies developed to control the final morphology. In the second part the curing characteristics, the dynamic-mechanical and the mechanical and fracture properties of hybrids with different morphologies are reviewed. Finally, the more technologically relevant applications devised for these high performance materials are discussed.

  15. Polyimide amplified piezoelectric scanner for endoscopic optical coherence tomography (United States)

    Zara, Jason M.; Patterson, Paul E.


    We have modeled, fabricated, and tested polyimide amplified piezoelectric bimorph scanning mirrors for application in optical coherence tomography (OCT). These scanning mirrors are fabricated using photolithography using polyimide as a substrate. These devices use bimorph actuators to drive polyimide micromechanical structures at resonance. The forced vibration of these micromechanical structures causes polysilicon gold plated mirrors attached to two torsion hinges to tilt. Operating the device at resonance allows us to achieve very large displacements of the mirror at real-time imaging speeds. The large scan angles and fast imaging speeds give these novel scanning devices the potential to be used to image larger areas of tissue to search for diseases such as mucosal cancers and to guide interventional procedures such as laser ablations and biopsies in real time. The mirror and support structures were modeled using one-dimensional beam theory and fundamental vibration mechanics. The structures were also modeled and simulated using ANSYS, a finite element analysis package. The finite element modeling has also lead to the development of new methods to fabricate the entire devices on a single silicon wafer. Prototype scanning devices have demonstrated optical scan angles up to 97 degrees with applied voltages from 15-60 V at a resonant frequencies ranging from 12-60 Hz, appropriate for real time imaging. These amplified bimorph imaging probes have been integrated into the scanning arm of a Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) imaging system and have been used to generate preliminary in vivo human skin images at frame rates of 25 frames per second.

  16. Comparative study of all-printed polyimide humidity sensors with single- and multiwalled carbon nanotube gas-permeable top electrodes (United States)

    Itoh, Eiji; Yuan, Zihan


    We have developed printed capacitive humidity sensors with highly gas permeable carbon nanotube top electrodes using solution techniques. The hydrophobic, porous multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) network was suitable for gas permeation, and the response of the capacitive humidity sensors was faster than that of a device with a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) top electrode. The newly developed measurement system consisting of a small measurement chamber, a computer-controlled high-speed solenoid valve, and a mass-flow controller enabled us to vary the ambient relative humidity within 0.1 s. A comparative study of the devices consisting of a 1.1-µm-thick partially fluorinated polyimide dielectric layer and an MWCNT or SWCNT top electrode revealed that the rise time (humidification process) of the device with MWCNTs (0.49 s) in the transient measurement was almost 3 times shorter than that with SWCNTs (1.48 s) owing to the hydrophobic surface of the MWCNTs. A much larger difference was observed during the drying process (recovery time) probably owing to the hydrophilic parts of the SWCNT surface. It was revealed that the response time was almost proportional to the square of the thickness of the polyimide dielectric layer, d, and the sensitivity was inversely proportional to d. The rise time decreased to 0.15 s and a sensitivity per unit area of 12.1 pF %RH-1 cm-2 was obtained in a device with 0.6-µm-thick polyimide and MWCNT top electrodes. This value is suitable for use in high-speed humidity sensors to realize a real-time humidity and breath-sensing measurement system.

  17. Necessity to adapt land use and land cover classification systems to readily accept radar data (United States)

    Drake, B.


    A hierarchial, four level, standardized system for classifying land use/land cover primarily from remote-sensor data (USGS system) is described. The USGS system was developed for nonmicrowave imaging sensors such as camera systems and line scanners. The USGS system is not compatible with the land use/land cover classifications at different levels that can be made from radar imagery, and particularly from synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) imagery. The use of radar imagery for classifying land use/land cover at different levels is discussed, and a possible revision of the USGS system to more readily accept land use/land cover classifications from radar imagery is proposed.

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and study of photoinduced optical anisotropy in polyimides containing side azobenzene units. (United States)

    Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa; Siwy, Mariola; Kawalec, Michal; Sobolewska, Anna; Chamera, Agata; Miniewicz, Andrzej


    In this paper, novel processable aromatic polymers with imide rings and attached as side-chain azobenzene units are presented. Polymers differ in the chemical structures of chromophores and polymer backbones. Azopolymers were obtained by a two-step synthetic approach. This includes the preparation of a precursor poly(esterimide) and poly(etherimide) with pendant phenolic hydroxyl groups, followed by the covalent bonding of NLO chromophores onto the polyimide backbone by the Mitsunobu reaction. The degree of functionalization of polymers was estimated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Polymers were characterized and evaluated by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, X-ray, UV-vis, DSC, and TGA methods. The synthesized polymers exhibited glass transition temperatures in the range of 167-228 degrees C, thermal stability with decomposition temperatures in the range of 275-446 degrees C, and excellent solubilities in common organic solvents. The light-induced optical anisotropy was studied in obtained azopolymers with the help of a holographic grating recording technique. Two polarization geometries were applied for the grating inscription s-s and p-p. The influence of the polarization geometry on the diffraction efficiency dynamics and on the depth of the surface modulation was not observed, which is different from results reported in the literature. Surface relief gratings, which appeared after the light exposure, were observed by atomic force microscopy. Additionally, the optical anisotropy in poly(esterimide)s was investigated by photoinduced birefringence measurements. For the first time, in polyimide with covalently bonded azobenzene derivatives, the high photoinduced birefringence (Delta n = 0.01) was measured.

  19. Amphetamine elicits opposing actions on readily releasable and reserve pools for dopamine.

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    Dan P Covey

    Full Text Available Amphetamine, a highly addictive drug with therapeutic efficacy, exerts paradoxical effects on the fundamental communication modes employed by dopamine neurons in modulating behavior. While amphetamine elevates tonic dopamine signaling by depleting vesicular stores and driving non-exocytotic release through reverse transport, this psychostimulant also activates phasic dopamine signaling by up-regulating vesicular dopamine release. We hypothesized that these seemingly incongruent effects arise from amphetamine depleting the reserve pool and enhancing the readily releasable pool. This novel hypothesis was tested using in vivo voltammetry and stimulus trains of varying duration to access different vesicular stores. We show that amphetamine actions are stimulus dependent in the dorsal striatum. Specifically, amphetamine up-regulated vesicular dopamine release elicited by a short-duration train, which interrogates the readily releasable pool, but depleted release elicited by a long-duration train, which interrogates the reserve pool. These opposing actions of vesicular dopamine release were associated with concurrent increases in tonic and phasic dopamine responses. A link between vesicular depletion and tonic signaling was supported by results obtained for amphetamine in the ventral striatum and cocaine in both striatal sub-regions, which demonstrated augmented vesicular release and phasic signals only. We submit that amphetamine differentially targeting dopamine stores reconciles the paradoxical activation of tonic and phasic dopamine signaling. Overall, these results further highlight the unique and region-distinct cellular mechanisms of amphetamine and may have important implications for its addictive and therapeutic properties.

  20. Amphetamine Elicits Opposing Actions on Readily Releasable and Reserve Pools for Dopamine (United States)

    Covey, Dan P.; Juliano, Steven A.; Garris, Paul A.


    Amphetamine, a highly addictive drug with therapeutic efficacy, exerts paradoxical effects on the fundamental communication modes employed by dopamine neurons in modulating behavior. While amphetamine elevates tonic dopamine signaling by depleting vesicular stores and driving non-exocytotic release through reverse transport, this psychostimulant also activates phasic dopamine signaling by up-regulating vesicular dopamine release. We hypothesized that these seemingly incongruent effects arise from amphetamine depleting the reserve pool and enhancing the readily releasable pool. This novel hypothesis was tested using in vivo voltammetry and stimulus trains of varying duration to access different vesicular stores. We show that amphetamine actions are stimulus dependent in the dorsal striatum. Specifically, amphetamine up-regulated vesicular dopamine release elicited by a short-duration train, which interrogates the readily releasable pool, but depleted release elicited by a long-duration train, which interrogates the reserve pool. These opposing actions of vesicular dopamine release were associated with concurrent increases in tonic and phasic dopamine responses. A link between vesicular depletion and tonic signaling was supported by results obtained for amphetamine in the ventral striatum and cocaine in both striatal sub-regions, which demonstrated augmented vesicular release and phasic signals only. We submit that amphetamine differentially targeting dopamine stores reconciles the paradoxical activation of tonic and phasic dopamine signaling. Overall, these results further highlight the unique and region-distinct cellular mechanisms of amphetamine and may have important implications for its addictive and therapeutic properties. PMID:23671560

  1. Quantification of birefringence readily measures the level of muscle damage in zebrafish

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    Berger, Joachim, E-mail: [Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, EMBL Australia, Monash University, Clayton (Australia); Sztal, Tamar; Currie, Peter D. [Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, EMBL Australia, Monash University, Clayton (Australia)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Report of an unbiased quantification of the birefringence of muscle of fish larvae. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantification method readily identifies level of overall muscle damage. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compare zebrafish muscle mutants for level of phenotype severity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Proposed tool to survey treatments that aim to ameliorate muscular dystrophy. -- Abstract: Muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic disorders that progressively weaken and degenerate muscle. Many zebrafish models for human muscular dystrophies have been generated and analysed, including dystrophin-deficient zebrafish mutants dmd that model Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Under polarised light the zebrafish muscle can be detected as a bright area in an otherwise dark background. This light effect, called birefringence, results from the diffraction of polarised light through the pseudo-crystalline array of the muscle sarcomeres. Muscle damage, as seen in zebrafish models for muscular dystrophies, can readily be detected by a reduction in the birefringence. Therefore, birefringence is a very sensitive indicator of overall muscle integrity within larval zebrafish. Unbiased documentation of the birefringence followed by densitometric measurement enables the quantification of the birefringence of zebrafish larvae. Thereby, the overall level of muscle integrity can be detected, allowing the identification and categorisation of zebrafish muscle mutants. In addition, we propose that the establish protocol can be used to analyse treatments aimed at ameliorating dystrophic zebrafish models.

  2. Soluble Polyimides Bearing Long-Chain Alkyl Groups on Their Side Chain via Polymer Reaction

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    Yusuke Tsuda


    Full Text Available Novel soluble polyimides having long-chain alkyl groups on their side chain were synthesized via polymer reaction with the polyimides having phenolic OH groups and 3,4,5-tris(dodecyloxybenzoic acid (12GA using N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC as a dehydration reagent. The polyimides having phenolic OH groups were synthesized from the tetracarboxylic dianhydrides such as 5-(2,5-dioxotetrahydrofuryl-3-methyl-3-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride (cyclohexene-DA, 4,4′-hexafluoroisopropylidendi(phthalic anhydride (6FDA, and 3,3′,4,4′-diphenylsulfone tetracarboxylic dianhydride (DSDA and aromatic diamines such as 4,4′-diamino-3,3′-dihydroxybiphenyl (HAB. The polymer reactions were carried out in NMP and the progresses of polymer reactions were quantitatively monitored by 1H NMR measurements (conversion; 12.2–98.7%. The obtained polyimides bearing long-chain alkyl groups have enough molecular weights, good film-forming ability, good solubility for various organic solvents, and enough thermal stability. The water contact angles of the polyimide films were investigated, and it is noted that the introduction of long-chain alkyl groups increases the hydrophobicity of polyimide surface. These polyimides are expected to be applicable as the functional materials for microelectronics such as the alignment layers of LCDs.

  3. Polyimide Nanocomposites Prepared from High-Temperature, Reduced Charge Organoclays (United States)

    Delozier, D. M.; Orwoll, R. A.; Cahoon, J. F.; Ladislaw, J. S.; Smith, J. G., Jr.; Connell, J. W.


    Montmorillonite clays modified with the dihydrochloride salt of 1,3-bis(3-aminophenoxy)benzene (APB) were used in the preparation of polyimide/organoclay hybrid films. Organoclays with varying surface charge based upon APB were prepared and examined for their dispersion behavior in the polymer matrix. High molecular weight poly(amide acid) solutions were prepared in the presence of the organoclays. Films were cast and subsequently heated to 300C to cause imidization. The resulting nanocomposite films, containing 3 wt% of organoclay, were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The clay's cation exchange capacity (CEC) played a key role in determining the extent of dispersion in the polyimide matrix. Considerable dispersion was observed in some of the nanocomposite films. The most effective organoclay was found to have a CEC of 0.70 meq/g. Nanocomposite films prepared with 3-8 wt% of this organoclay were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thin-film tensile testing. High levels of clay dispersion could be achieved even at the higher clay loadings. Results from mechanical testing revealed that while the moduli of the nanocomposites increased with increasing clay loadings, both strength and elongation decreased.

  4. Thermal design of spacecraft solar arrays using a polyimide foam (United States)

    Bianco, N.; Iasiello, M.; Naso, V.


    The design of the Thermal Control System (TCS) of spacecraft solar arrays plays a fundamental role. Indeed, the spacecraft components must operate within a certain range of temperature. If this doesn't occur, their performance is reduced and they may even break. Solar arrays, which are employed to recharge batteries, are directly exposed to the solar heat flux, and they need to be insulated from the earth's surface irradiation. Insulation is currently provided either with a white paint coating or with a Multi Layer Insulation (MLI) system [1]. A configuration based on an open-cell polyimide foam has also been recently proposed [2]. Using polyimide foams in TCSs looks very attractive in terms of costs, weight and assembling. An innovative thermal analysis of the above cited TCS configurations is carried out in this paper, by solving the porous media energy equation, under the assumption of Local Thermal Equilibrium (LTE) between the two phases. Radiation effects through the solar array are also considered by using the Rosseland approximation. Under a stationary daylight condition, temperature profiles are obtained by means of the finite-element based code COMSOL Multiphysics®. Finally, since the weight plays an important role in aerospace applications, weights of the three TCS configurations are compared.

  5. Polyimide/Glass Composite High-Temperature Insulation (United States)

    Pater, Ruth H.; Vasquez, Peter; Chatlin, Richard L.; Smith, Donald L.; Skalski, Thomas J.; Johnson, Gary S.; Chu, Sang-Hyon


    Lightweight composites of RP46 polyimide and glass fibers have been found to be useful as extraordinarily fire-resistant electrical-insulation materials. RP46 is a polyimide of the polymerization of monomeric reactants (PMR) type, developed by NASA Langley Research Center. RP46 has properties that make it attractive for use in electrical insulation at high temperatures. These properties include high-temperature resistance, low relative permittivity, low dissipation factor, outstanding mechanical properties, and excellent resistance to moisture and chemicals. Moreover, RP46 contains no halogen or other toxic materials and when burned it does not produce toxic fume or gaseous materials. The U. S. Navy has been seeking lightweight, high-temperature-resistant electrical-insulation materials in a program directed toward reducing fire hazards and weights in ship electrical systems. To satisfy the requirements of this program, an electrical-insulation material must withstand a 3-hour gas-flame test at 1,600 F (about 871 C). Prior to the development reported here, RP46 was rated for use at temperatures from -150 to +700 F (about -101 to 371 C), and no polymeric product - not even RP46 - was expected to withstand the Navy 3-hour gas-flame test.

  6. Sulfonated polyimides containing triphenylphosphine oxide for proton exchange membranes

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    Mandal, Arun Kumar; Bera, Debaditya; Banerjee, Susanta, E-mail:


    A series of sulfonated co-polyimides (co-SPI) were prepared by one pot polycondensation reaction of a combination of diamines namely; 4,4′-diaminostilbene-2,2′-disulfonic acid (DSDSA) and prepared non-sulfonated diamine (DATPPO) containing triphenylphosphine oxide with 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTDA). All these soluble co-SPI gave flexible membranes with high thermal stability and showed good mechanical property. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis revealed the microphase separated morphology with well-dispersed hydrophilic (cluster size in the range of 5–55 nm) domains. The co-SPI membranes showed high oxidative and hydrolytic stability with higher proton conductivity. All these co-SPI membranes exhibited low water uptake and swelling ratio. The co-SPI membrane TPPO-60 (60% degree of sulfonation) with IEC{sub W} = 1.84 mequiv g{sup −1} showed high proton conductivity (99 mS cm{sup −1} at 80 °C and 107 mS cm{sup −1} at 90 °C) in water with high oxidative (20 h) and hydrolytic stability (only 5% degradation in 24 h). - Highlights: • Triphenylphosphine oxide containing sulfonated polyimides (SPIs) was synthesized. • The SPIs showed good oxidative and hydrolytic stability and high proton conductivity. • TEM analysis revealed well separated morphology of the SPIs.

  7. Porous Cross-Linked Polyimide-Urea Networks (United States)

    Meador, Mary Ann B. (Inventor); Nguyen, Baochau N. (Inventor)


    Porous cross-linked polyimide-urea networks are provided. The networks comprise a subunit comprising two anhydride end-capped polyamic acid oligomers in direct connection via a urea linkage. The oligomers (a) each comprise a repeating unit of a dianhydride and a diamine and a terminal anhydride group and (b) are formulated with 2 to 15 of the repeating units. The subunit was formed by reaction of the diamine and a diisocyanate to form a diamine-urea linkage-diamine group, followed by reaction of the diamine-urea linkage-diamine group with the dianhydride and the diamine to form the subunit. The subunit has been cross-linked via a cross-linking agent, comprising three or more amine groups, at a balanced stoichiometry of the amine groups to the terminal anhydride groups. The subunit has been chemically imidized to yield the porous cross-linked polyimide-urea network. Also provided are wet gels, aerogels, and thin films comprising the networks, and methods of making the networks.

  8. Molecular Modeling of the Poling of Piezoelectric Polyimides (United States)

    Young, J. A.; Farmer, B. L.; Hinkley, J. A.


    The computational method described in this paper allows the calculation of the dielectric relaxation strength of an amorphous polymer based solely upon its chemical structure. The 4,4' oxydiphthalic anhydride (ODPA) dianhydride and bis-aminophenoxybenzene (APB) diamine based polyimides, (beta-CN) APB-ODPA and APB-ODPA were studied. Amorphous cells were constructed and then poled using molecular dynamics. Dielectric relaxation strengths of Delta(epsilon) = 17.8 for (beta-CN) APB-ODPA and Delta(epsilon) = 7.7 for APB-ODPA were predicted. These values are in excellent agreement with the experimental values. It was found that both the pendant nitrile dipole and the backbone anhydride residue dipole make significant contributions to the polyimides dielectric response. Specifically, it was shown that the difference in the magnitude of the dielectric relaxations is directly attributable to the nitrile dipole. The size of the relaxations indicate an absence of cooperative dipolar motions, The model was used to explain these results in terms of the average orientation of the nitrile and anhydride dipoles to within 51 deg. and 63 deg., respectively, of the applied electric field.


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    Budiyono Budiyono


    Full Text Available Biogas has become an attractive alternative energy source due to the limitation of energy from fossil. In this study, a new type of mixed matrix membrane (MMM consisting of polyimide-zeolite was synthesized and characterized for biogas purification. The MMM consists of medium concentration of polymer (20% wt polyimide, 80% N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP and 25% zeolite 4A in total solid were prepared by a dry/wet phase inversion technique.  The fabricated MMM was characterized using SEM, DSC, TGA and gas permeation. Post treatment coating procedure was also conducted. The research showed that surface coating by 3% silicone rubber toward MMM PI 20% gave the significant effect to improve membrane selectivity. The ideal selectivity for CO2/CH4 separation increased from 0.99 for before coating to 7.9 after coating for PI-Zeolite MMM, respectively. The results suggest that PI-Zeolite MMM with good post treatment procedure will increase the membrane selectivity and permeability with more saver polymer requirement as well as energy saving due to low energy for mixing.

  10. Microwave sintering of Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate

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    S. Fujii


    Full Text Available Ag-nanoparticle thin films on a polyimide substrate were subjected to microwave sintering by use of a single-mode waveguide applicator. A two-step sintering process was employed. First, at low conductivities of the film, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum electric field and subjected to microwave irradiation. Second, when the conductivity of the film increased, the film sample was placed at the site of the maximum magnetic field and again subjected to microwave irradiation. The microwave sintering process was completed within 1.5 min, which is significantly lower than the time required for the oven heating process. The resulting conductivity of the film, albeit only 30% of that of the bulk material, was seven times that of a film annealed at the same temperature in a furnace. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that the nanoparticles underwent both grain necking and grain growth during microwave sintering. In addition, this sintering process was equivalent to the oven heating process performed at a 50 °C higher annealing temperature. An electromagnetic wave simulation and a heat transfer simulation of the microwave sintering process were performed to gain a thorough understanding of the process.

  11. Readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles measured at single synaptic contacts. (United States)

    Trigo, Federico F; Sakaba, Takeshi; Ogden, David; Marty, Alain


    To distinguish between different models of vesicular release in brain synapses, it is necessary to know the number of vesicles of transmitter that can be released immediately at individual synapses by a high-calcium stimulus, the readily releasable pool (RRP). We used direct stimulation by calcium uncaging at identified, single-site inhibitory synapses to investigate the statistics of vesicular release and the size of the RRP. Vesicular release, detected as quantal responses in the postsynaptic neuron, showed an unexpected stochastic variation in the number of quanta from stimulus to stimulus at high intracellular calcium, with a mean of 1.9 per stimulus and a maximum of three or four. The results provide direct measurement of the RRP at single synaptic sites. They are consistent with models in which release proceeds from a small number of vesicle docking sites with an average occupancy around 0.7.

  12. Low-Cost and Readily Available Tissue Carriers for the Boston Keratoprosthesis: A Review of Possibilities

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    Andrea Cruzat


    Full Text Available The Boston keratoprosthesis (B-KPro, currently the most commonly used artificial cornea worldwide, can provide rapid visual rehabilitation for eyes with severe corneal opacities not suitable for standard corneal transplantation. However, the B-KPro presently needs a corneal graft as a tissue carrier. Although corneal allograft tissue is readily available in the United States and other developed countries with established eye banks, the worldwide need vastly exceeds supply. Therefore, a simple, safe, and inexpensive alternative to corneal allografts is desirable for the developing world. We are currently exploring reasonable alternative options such as corneal autografts, xenografts, noncorneal autologous tissues, and laboratory-made tissue constructs, as well as modifications to corneal allografts, such as deep-freezing, glycerol-dehydration, gamma irradiation, and cross-linking. These alternative tissue carriers for the B-KPro are discussed with special regard to safety, practicality, and cost for the developing world.

  13. Low-Cost and Readily Available Tissue Carriers for the Boston Keratoprosthesis: A Review of Possibilities (United States)

    Cruzat, Andrea; Paschalis, Eleftherios I.; Pineda, Roberto; Dohlman, Claes H.


    The Boston keratoprosthesis (B-KPro), currently the most commonly used artificial cornea worldwide, can provide rapid visual rehabilitation for eyes with severe corneal opacities not suitable for standard corneal transplantation. However, the B-KPro presently needs a corneal graft as a tissue carrier. Although corneal allograft tissue is readily available in the United States and other developed countries with established eye banks, the worldwide need vastly exceeds supply. Therefore, a simple, safe, and inexpensive alternative to corneal allografts is desirable for the developing world. We are currently exploring reasonable alternative options such as corneal autografts, xenografts, noncorneal autologous tissues, and laboratory-made tissue constructs, as well as modifications to corneal allografts, such as deep-freezing, glycerol-dehydration, gamma irradiation, and cross-linking. These alternative tissue carriers for the B-KPro are discussed with special regard to safety, practicality, and cost for the developing world. PMID:24371522

  14. [Dentistry and healthcare legislation 10. The law governing complaints: readily accessible filing procedures]. (United States)

    van der Ven, J M; Eijkman, M A J; Brands, W G


    The law promises patients a readily accessible means of filing complaints. Healthcare providers are therefore required to adopt regulations governing complaints which satisfy a number of conditions. Most dentists choose to adopt the regulations which have been established by their professional organization. In addition to handling complaints, there is also a provision for mediation, which is often used by patients. Mediation appears, then, to be a successful provision. Many complaints have their origin in insufficient knowledge of healthcare legislation and patients' rights legislation. This demonstrates that more attention should be given to these subjects in educational programmes and programmes in continuing education. The present law governing complaints is expected to be replaced this year by a new, more comprehensive law in which considerable attention will be devoted to the quality of care as well as to complaints. It seems likely, however, that the new law governing complaints will damage the effective manner in which patients' complaints are dealt with in dentistry today.

  15. Preparation and applications of carbon film obtained by pulse-laser irradiation to polyimide; Polyimide eno pulse laser shosha ni yotte erareru tanso film to sono oyo

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    Endo, M.; Naito, K.; Ishibe, S.; Ueda, M.; Kasai, T. [Shinshu University, Nagano (Japan); Oshida, K. [Nagano National College of Technology, Nagano (Japan)


    Described in this report is a novel effort for forming conductive paths by directly carbonizing a high-polymer film by laser beam irradiation. In the experiment, a polymer film is attached onto a movable X-Y stage, accommodated in a chamber, and then exposed to 10Hz pulsed YAG laser irradiation. A polyimide film is chosen for the experiment because it is easily cabonized in an ordinary pyrolytic process for the realization of high crystallinity. The carbon is then subjected to microscopic scrutiny for its structural details under the FE-SEM and TEM. It is found as the result that possibilities are high that the thus-obtained carbon may be used for the construction of practical circuits. It is found also that carbonization advances with the passage of irradiation time in a nitrogen atmosphere and that the carbon layer does not grow in thickness in the ordinary atmosphere where oxidation occurs simultaneously with carbonization. It is expected that this technique will be applied to the formation of highly conductive paths because it allows the easy and proper deposition of nickel onto the carbonized paths. 10 refs., 9 figs.

  16. Functionally Graded Polyimide Nanocomposite Foams for Ablative and Inflatable/Flexible/Deplorable Structures Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of the proposed research is to develop functionally graded polyimide foams as light-weight, high performance thermal protection systems (TPS) for...

  17. Integration of temperature sensors in polyimide-based thin-film electrode arrays

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    M. F. Porto Cruz; E. Fiedler; O. F. Cota Monjarás; T. Stieglitz


    ... caused by electrical or optogenetical stimulation could be accurately controlled. Within this work, a thin-film platinum RTD embedded in polyimide and a readout system based on the Wheatstone bridge configuration are presented...

  18. Metalized polyimide filters for x-ray astronomy and other applications (United States)

    Powell, Forbes R.; Keski-Kuha, Ritva A.; Zombeck, Martin V.; Goddard, Richard E.; Chartas, George; Townsley, Leisa K.; Moebius, Eberhard; Davis, John M.; Mason, Glenn M.


    Filters fabricated from metalized polyimide have been specified for a number of x-ray astronomy missions, including the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), the x-ray spectrometer (XRS) on Astro-E, the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Polyimide offers greater strength, improved temperature stability, and effectiveness in blocking unwanted ultraviolet radiation compared to polymeric films previously employed. This paper reviews the various x- ray astronomy missions and the particular challenges that were met with polyimide filters. The paper also reviews the development of free standing thin foils of polyimide with mechanical properties optimized for x-ray astronomy and other applications, such as synchrotron research.

  19. Multisensor on-the-go mapping of readily dispersible clay, particle size and soil organic matter (United States)

    Debaene, Guillaume; Niedźwiecki, Jacek; Papierowska, Ewa


    Particle size fractions affect strongly the physical and chemical properties of soil. Readily dispersible clay (RDC) is the part of the clay fraction in soils that is easily or potentially dispersible in water when small amounts of mechanical energy are applied to soil. The amount of RDC in the soil is of significant importance for agriculture and environment because clay dispersion is a cause of poor soil stability in water which in turn contributes to soil erodibility, mud flows, and cementation. To obtain a detailed map of soil texture, many samples are needed. Moreover, RDC determination is time consuming. The use of a mobile visible and near-infrared (VIS-NIR) platform is proposed here to map those soil properties and obtain the first detailed map of RDC at field level. Soil properties prediction was based on calibration model developed with 10 representative samples selected by a fuzzy logic algorithm. Calibration samples were analysed for soil texture (clay, silt and sand), RDC and soil organic carbon (SOC) using conventional wet chemistry analysis. Moreover, the Veris mobile sensor platform is also collecting electrical conductivity (EC) data (deep and shallow), and soil temperature. These auxiliary data were combined with VIS-NIR measurement (data fusion) to improve prediction results. EC maps were also produced to help understanding RDC data. The resulting maps were visually compared with an orthophotography of the field taken at the beginning of the plant growing season. Models were developed with partial least square regression (PLSR) and support vector machine regression (SVMR). There were no significant differences between calibration using PLSR or SVMR. Nevertheless, the best models were obtained with PLSR and standard normal variate (SNV) pretreatment and the fusion with deep EC data (e.g. for RDC and clay content: RMSECV = 0,35% and R2 = 0,71; RMSECV = 0,32% and R2 = 0,73 respectively). The best models were used to predict soil properties from the

  20. Preparation of Solution Blown Polyamic Acid Nanofibers and Their Imidization into Polyimide Nanofiber Mats

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    Jing Li


    Full Text Available Solution blow spinning (SBS is an innovative process for spinning micro/nanofibers. In this paper, polyamic acid (PAA nanofibers were fabricated via a SBS apparatus and then imidized into polyimide (PI nanofibers via thermal process. The morphology and diameter distributions of PAA nanofibers were determined by scanning electron microscope (SEM and Image Tool software, the processing parameters, including PAA concentration, solution feeding rate, gas pressure, nozzle size, and receiving distance were investigated in details. The fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR was used to characterize the chemical changes in the nanofibers after thermal imidization. The results showed that the solution concentration exhibited a notable correlation with spinnability, and the formation of bead defects in PAA nanofibers. Solution feeding rate, gas pressure, nozzle size, and receiving distance affected nanofiber production efficiency and diameter distribution. The average diameters of fibers produced ranged from 129.6 to 197.7 nm by varying SBS parameters. Precisely, PAA nanofibers with good morphology were obtained and the average diameter of nanofibers was 178.2 nm with optimum process parameter. After thermal imidization, the PI nanofibers exhibited obvious adhesion morphology among interconnected fibers, with an increased average diameter of 209.1 nm. The tensile strength of resultant PI nanofiber mat was 12.95 MPa.

  1. Sulfonated Polyimide-Clay Thin Films for Energy Application. (United States)

    Ali, Farman; Saeed, Shaukat; Shah, Syed Sakhawat; Rahim, Fazal; Duclaux, Laurent; Levêque, Jean-Marc; Reinert, Laurence


    Sulfonated polyimides (SPIs) are considered as the promising alternatives to Nafion as membrane materials for the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM). They generally exhibit high ionic conductivity, good mechanical properties, excellent thermal and chemical stabilities. The six-membered ring, naphthalenic anhydride-based SPIs, not only exhibit superior chemical and thermo-oxidative stabilities but are also more resistant to hydrolysis than their five-membered phthalic anhydride-based SPIs. The composites based on napthalenic polyimides are also significantly stable in high temperature environment and show better stability to hydrolysis. Incorporation of inorganic fillers into organic polymers has gained tremendous attention and these new materials are called organic-inorganic hybrids. Few patents related to the synthesis and performance PEM materials have been reviewed and cited. Keeping in view the importance of sulfonated polyimide based nanocomposites as potential membrane materials for PEM in fuel cell, we have synthesized SPIs clay based nanocomposite as potential membrane material. The objective of this work was to synthesize clay based SPIs thin films which could be used as membrane materials in PEM fuel cell for energy applications. Methods/Experimental: At the first step the nanometric sheets of vermiculite clay prepared via sonication was surface modified by grafting 3-APTES. Then the SPI was synthesized via one-step high temperature direct imidization method, which serve as a matrix material. The organo modified VMT was dispersed via sonication in the SPI matrix. Four different sets of organic-inorganic nanocomposite membranes thin films, having VMT contents in the range of 1 to 7 wt.% were prepared by casting, curing and acidification route. The synthesis of SPIs clay based thin films were carried out at three different steps and fully characterized. The synthesis of SPIs and SPIs clay based thin films were analyzed via different analytical techniques

  2. Resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition of a polyimide precursor

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    Dygert, N L; Schriver, K E; Jr, R F Haglund [Department of Physics and Astronomy and W M Keck Foundation Free-Electron Laser Centre, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37235 (United States)


    Poly(amic acid) (PAA), a precursor to polyimide, was successfully deposited on substrates without reaching curing temperature, by resonant infrared pulsed laser ablation. The PAA was prepared by dissolving pyromellitic dianhydride and 4, 4' oxidianiline in the polar solvent Nmethyl pyrrolidinone (NMP). The PAA was deposited in droplet-like morphologies when ablation occurred in air, and in string-like moieties in the case of ablation in vacuum. In the as-deposited condition, the PAA was easily removed by washing with NMP; however, once cured thermally for thirty minutes, the PAA hardened, indicating the expected thermosetting property. Plume shadowgraphy showed very clear contrasts in the ablation mechanism between ablation of the solvent alone and the ablation of the PAA, even at low concentrations. A Wavelength dependence in plume velocity was also observed.

  3. Graphite fluoride as a solid lubricant in a polyimide binder (United States)

    Fusaro, R. L.; Sliney, H. E.


    Polyimide resin (PI) was shown to be a suitable binder material for the solid lubricant graphite fluoride, (CF(1.1))n. Comparisons were made to similar tests using PI-bonded MOS2 films, graphite fluoride rubbed films, and MOS2 rubbed films. The results showed that, at any one specific temperature between 25 and 400 C, the wear life of PI-bonded graphite fluoride films exceeded those of the other three films by at least a factor of 2 and by as much as a factor of 60. Minimum friction coefficients for the PI-bonded films were 0.08 for graphite fluoride and 0.04 for MOS2. The rider wear rates for the two PI-bonded films at 25 C were nearly equal.

  4. Polyimide membranes for alcohols dehydration: from basic aspects to separation applications


    Leo, Mariangela


    The first part of this work aimed to the determination of the absorption and desorption kinetics of an alcohol (methanol) inside a commercial polyimide (PMDA ODA) and to the identification of the interactions with polymeric network. The understanding of the molecular mechanisms of diffusion can be helpful in designing the chemical structure of future polymers for optimal transport properties. The diffusion of methanol into polyimide films was studied by in situ FTIR spectroscopy, one of th...

  5. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Fine-hole drilling in Upilex polyimide and glass by TEA ? laser ablation (United States)

    Dyer, P. E.; Waldeck, I.; Roberts, G. C.


    Small-scale hole formation in Upilex polyimide and soda-lime glass using TEA 0022-3727/30/6/003/img2 laser ablation is reported. Hole dimensions as small as 0022-3727/30/6/003/img3 produced in the polyimide suggest optical resolution rather than thermal degradation effects limit the feature size attainable in infrared TEA 0022-3727/30/6/003/img2 laser polymer ablation.

  6. Molecular Engineering of Azobenzene-Functionalized Polyimides to Enhance Both Photomechanical Work and Motion (POSTPRINT) (United States)



  7. Dense film polyimide membranes for aggressive sour gas feed separations

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    Kraftschik, Brian


    Dense film membranes of the copolyimide 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2) are studied for simultaneous removal of CO2 and H2S from sour natural gas streams. Pure and mixed gas permeation as well as pure gas sorption data are reported at 35°C and pressures up to 62bar. The H2S partial pressures used are representative of highly aggressive field operations. Penetrant-induced plasticization effects are evident at feed pressures below 1bar in pure H2S feeds; sub-Tg thermal annealing is used to effectively mitigate this effect, and these annealed films are used throughout the study. Surprisingly, H2S/CH4 selectivity nearly doubles for mixed gas testing in comparison to the pure component ideal selectivity values and approaches the level of a state-of-the-art glassy polymer, cellulose acetate (CA), at H2S partial pressures above 2bar. Furthermore, permeation experiments using a 9.95% H2S, 19.9% CO2, 70.15% CH4 mixture at low feed pressures give CO2/CH4 selectivity of up to 49-over 30% greater than the pure component selectivity for 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2). The overall sour gas separation performance of this polyimide is comparable to high-performance rubbery polymer membranes, which have been reported for only moderate H2S partial pressure feeds, and is superior to that for CA based on a practical combined acid gas separation efficiency metric that we introduce. Finally, methods for continued development of the current polyimide membrane material for aggressive sour gas separations are presented. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  8. Proton flux effects and prediction on the free radicals behavior of polyimide in vacuum using EPR measurements in ambient

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    Sun, Chengyue [Physics Department, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); National Key Lab of Materials Behaviors and Evaluation Technology in Space Environments, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wu, Yiyong, E-mail: [National Key Lab of Materials Behaviors and Evaluation Technology in Space Environments, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Xiao, Jingdong [National Key Lab of Materials Behaviors and Evaluation Technology in Space Environments, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yu, Sui [Physics Department, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yi, Zhong; Shen, Zicai [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029 (China); Wang, Li [Qian Xuesen Laboratory of Space Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Wang, Yi [Lanzhou Institute of Physics, CAST, Lanzhou 730000 (China)


    Irradiation flux is an important parameter to the material irradiation damage investigation, for space material irradiation damage evaluation and the accelerated ground-based test, the irradiation flux effects cannot be ignored. In this paper, the polyimide was set as the research object, the irradiation flux effect and mechanism are investigated by the means of electron paramagnetic resonance test, and based on the free radical dynamic analysis, the dynamics mode of free radical population in vacumm can be established as a function of irradiation time (or proton irradiation flux). The results show that the free radical anneal process in vacuum follows the exponential mode, and the characteristic time constant τ{sub radical-vacuum} is about 1.9 h. Furthermore, a simplified method is proposed with the investigation of the free radical behavior of the irradiated surface modification polyimide (TiO{sub 2}/PI), and the characteristic time constant τ{sub bulk} is 1.9 h, which is almost the same to the value of τ{sub radical-vacuum}.

  9. Effect of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Modification on Polyimide and Adhesive Joining with Titanium (United States)

    Akram, M.; Jansen, K. M. B.; Ernst, L. J.; Bhowmik, S.; Ajeesh, G.; Ahmed, S.; Chakraborty, D.


    This investigation highlights the effect of surface modification on polyimide by atmospheric pressure plasma treatment with different exposure time. Surface modification of polymer by plasma treatment essentially creates physical and chemical changes such as cross-linking and formation of free radicals. It also forms oxygen functionalization in the form of polar groups on polymer surface, hence improving the wetting and adhesion properties. It is observed that surface energy of the polymer increases with increasing exposure time of atmospheric pressure plasma. However, prolonged exposure time of plasma results in deterioration of the surface layer of polyimide resulting in degradation and embrittlement. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy analysis reveal that there is a considerable morphological change on the polymer surface due to atmospheric pressure plasma treatment. X-ray photo electron spectroscopy analysis reveals that the oxygen functionalities of polymer surface increases significantly when polyimide is exposed to atmospheric pressure plasma. Untreated and atmospheric pressure plasma-treated polyimide sheet are adhesive bonded by employing polyimide adhesive as well as with titanium substrate. Due to surface modification of polyimide, it is observed that there is a significant increase in lap shear tensile strength, and therefore, this technology is highly acceptable for aviation and space applications.

  10. The compressive behaviour and constitutive equation of polyimide foam in wide strain rate and temperature

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    Yoshimoto Akifumi


    Full Text Available These days, polymer foams, such as polyurethane foam and polystyrene foam, are used in various situations as a thermal insulator or shock absorber. In general, however, their strength is insufficient in high temperature environments because of their low glass transition temperature. Polyimide is a polymer which has a higher glass transition temperature and high strength. Its mechanical properties do not vary greatly, even in low temperature environments. Therefore, polyimide foam is expected to be used in the aerospace industry. Thus, the constitutive equation of polyimide foam that can be applied across a wide range of strain rates and ambient temperature is very useful. In this study, a series of compression tests at various strain rates, from 10−3 to 103 s−1 were carried out in order to examine the effect of strain rate on the compressive properties of polyimide foam. The flow stress of polyimide foam increased rapidly at dynamic strain rates. The effect of ambient temperature on the properties of polyimide foam was also investigated at temperature from − 190 °C to 270°∘C. The flow stress decreased with increasing temperature.

  11. Novel thermally cross-linked polyimide membranes for ethanol dehydration via pervaporation

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    Xu, Sheng


    © 2015 Elsevier B.V. In this work, two novel carboxyl-containing polyimides, 2,2\\'-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride-4,4\\'-diaminodiphenylmethane/3,5-diaminobenzoic acid (6FDA-MDA/DABA, FMD) and 3,3\\',4,4\\'-benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride-4,4\\'-diaminodiphenylmethane/3,5-diaminobenzoic acid (BTDA-MDA/DABA, BMD), are synthesized via chemical and thermal imidization methods, respectively, and employed as pervaporation membranes for ethanol dehydration. Chemical structures of the two polyimides are examined by FTIR and TGA to confirm the successful synthesis. A post thermal treatment of the polyimide membranes with the temperature range of 250 to 400. °C is applied, and its effects on the membrane morphology and separation performance are studied and characterized by FTIR, TGA, WXRD, solubility and sorption test. It is believed that the thermal treatment of the carboxyl-containing polyimide membrane at a relative low temperature only leads to the physical annealing, while it may cause the decarboxylation-induced cross-linking at a higher temperature. In addition, the operation temperature in pervaporation is also varied and shown to be an important factor to affect the final membrane performance. Performance benchmarking shows that the developed polyimide membranes both have superior pervaporation performance to most other flat-sheet dense membranes. This work is believed to shed useful insights on polyimide membranes for pervaporation applications.

  12. Is the lower atmosphere a readily accessible reservoir of culturable, antimicrobial compound-producing Actinomycetales?

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    Carolyn F. Weber


    Full Text Available Recent metagenomic studies have revealed that microbial diversity in the atmosphere rivals that of surface environments. This indicates that the atmosphere may be worth bioprospecting in for novel microorganisms, especially those selected for by harsh atmospheric conditions. This is interesting in light of the antibiotic resistance crisis and renewed interests in bioprospecting for members of the Actinomycetales, which harbor novel secondary metabolite-producing pathways and produce spores that make them well suited for atmospheric travel. The latter leads to the hypothesis that the atmosphere may be a promising environment in which to search for novel Actinomycetales. Although ubiquitous in soils, where bioprospecting efforts for Actinomycetales have been and are largely still focused, we present novel data indicating that culturable members of this taxonomic order are 3 to 5.6 times more abundant in air samples collected at 1.5, 4.5, 7.5 and 18 m above the ground, than in the underlying soil. These results support the hypothesis that mining the vast and readily accessible lower atmosphere for novel Actinomycetales in the search for undescribed secondary metabolites, could prove fruitful.

  13. Incisional Hernia in Women: Predisposing Factors and Management Where Mesh is Not Readily Available

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    E Agbakwuru


    Full Text Available Background / Aim: Incisional hernia is still relatively common in our practice. The aim of the studywas to identify risk factors associated with incisional hernia in our region. The setting is the ObafemiAwolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria during a period when prostheticmesh was not readily available. Patients and Methods: All the women who presented with incisionalhernia between 1996 and 2005 were prospectively studied using a standard form to obtaininformation on pre-hernia (index operations and possible predisposing factors. They all had opensurgical repair and were followed up for 18-60 months. Results: Forty-four women were treatedduring study period. The index surgeries leading to the hernias were emergency caesarian section26/44 (59.1%, emergency exploratory laparotomy 6/44 (13.6%, and elective surgeries 12/44(27.3%. Major associated risk factors were the use of wrong suture materials for fascia repair, midlineincisions, wound sepsis, and overweight. Conclusion: For elective surgeries, reduction of weightshould be encouraged when appropriate, and transverse incisions are preferred. Absorbable sutures,especially chromic catgut, should be avoided in fascia closure. Antibiotics should be used forcomplicated obstetric cases.

  14. Model of Tryptophan Metabolism, Readily Scalable Using Tissue-specific Gene Expression Data* (United States)

    Stavrum, Anne-Kristin; Heiland, Ines; Schuster, Stefan; Puntervoll, Pål; Ziegler, Mathias


    Tryptophan is utilized in various metabolic routes including protein synthesis, serotonin, and melatonin synthesis and the kynurenine pathway. Perturbations in these pathways have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Here we present a comprehensive kinetic model of the complex network of human tryptophan metabolism based upon existing kinetic data for all enzymatic conversions and transporters. By integrating tissue-specific expression data, modeling tryptophan metabolism in liver and brain returned intermediate metabolite concentrations in the physiological range. Sensitivity and metabolic control analyses identified expected key enzymes to govern fluxes in the branches of the network. Combining tissue-specific models revealed a considerable impact of the kynurenine pathway in liver on the concentrations of neuroactive derivatives in the brain. Moreover, using expression data from a cancer study predicted metabolite changes that resembled the experimental observations. We conclude that the combination of the kinetic model with expression data represents a powerful diagnostic tool to predict alterations in tryptophan metabolism. The model is readily scalable to include more tissues, thereby enabling assessment of organismal tryptophan metabolism in health and disease. PMID:24129579

  15. A natural and readily available crowding agent: NMR studies of proteins in hen egg white. (United States)

    Martorell, Gabriel; Adrover, Miquel; Kelly, Geoff; Temussi, Piero Andrea; Pastore, Annalisa


    In vitro studies of biological macromolecules are usually performed in dilute, buffered solutions containing one or just a few different biological macromolecules. Under these conditions, the interactions among molecules are diffusion limited. On the contrary, in living systems, macromolecules of a given type are surrounded by many others, at very high total concentrations. In the last few years, there has been an increasing effort to study biological macromolecules directly in natural crowded environments, as in intact bacterial cells or by mimicking natural crowding by adding proteins, polysaccharides, or even synthetic polymers. Here, we propose the use of hen egg white (HEW) as a simple natural medium, with all features of the media of crowded cells, that could be used by any researcher without difficulty and inexpensively. We present a study of the stability and dynamics behavior of model proteins in HEW, chosen as a prototypical, readily accessible natural medium that can mimic cytosol. We show that two typical globular proteins, dissolved in HEW, give NMR spectra very similar to those obtained in dilute buffers, although dynamic parameters are clearly affected by the crowded medium. The thermal stability of one of these proteins, measured in a range comprising both heat and cold denaturation, is also similar to that in buffer. Our data open new possibilities to the study of proteins in natural crowded media. Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  16. A novel TFC forward osmosis (FO) membrane supported by polyimide (PI) microporous nanofiber membrane (United States)

    Chi, Xiang-Yu; Zhang, Ping-Yun; Guo, Xue-Jiao; Xu, Zhen-Liang


    A novel interfacial polymerization (IP) procedure on polyimide (PI) microporous nanofiber membrane support with mean pore size 1.27 μm was reported. Using m-phenylenediamine (MPD) as aqueous phase monomer, trimesoyl chloride (TMC) as organic phase monomer, ethanol as aqueous phase co-solvent, thin-film composite (TFC) forward osmosis (FO) membrane was fabricated by two IP procedures. The first IP procedure with the unconventional order (ie, the membrane was immersed in the TMC organic phase first, then in the co-solvent ethanol-water MPD aqueous phase) was used to diminish the pore size of PI microporous nanofiber membrane support for the formation of the polyamide layer. The secondary IP procedure was employed to form the relatively dense polyamide layer with conventional order (ie, the membrane was immersed in the co-solvent ethanol-water MPD aqueous phase first, then in the TMC organic phase). The experimental results showed that higher ethanol concentration led to the relatively higher pure water permeability in RO process and osmotic water flux in FO process, whereas NaCl rejection in RO process decreased and reverse salt flux increased. The specific salt flux (Js/Jv) of TFC FO PI nanofiber membrane (PIN-2-4) could be as low as 0.095 g/L in FO mode. These results could be attributed to influence of the addition of ethanol into aqueous phase on the surface morphology, hydrophilicity and polyamide layer structure.

  17. Porous Polyimide Membranes Prepared by Wet Phase Inversion for Use in Low Dielectric Applications

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    Jung Ah Lim


    Full Text Available A wet phase inversion process of polyamic acid (PAA allowed fabrication of a porous membrane of polyimide (PI with the combination of a low dielectric constant (1.7 and reasonable mechanical properties (Tensile strain: 8.04%, toughness: 3.4 MJ/m3, tensile stress: 39.17 MPa, and young modulus: 1.13 GPa, with further thermal imidization process of PAA. PAA was simply synthesized from purified pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA and 4,4-oxydianiline (ODA in two different reaction solvents such as γ-butyrolactone (GBL and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP, which produce Mw/PDI of 630,000/1.45 and 280,000/2.0, respectively. The porous PAA membrane was fabricated by the wet phase inversion process based on a solvent/non-solvent system via tailored composition between GBL and NMP. The porosity of PI, indicative of a low electric constant, decreased with increasing concentration of GBL, which was caused by sponge-like formation. However, due to interplay between the low electric constant (structural formation and the mechanical properties, GBL was employed for further exploration, using toluene and acetone vs. DI-water as a coagulation media. Non-solvents influenced determination of the PAA membrane size and porosity. With this approach, insight into the interplay between dielectric properties and mechanical properties will inform a wide range of potential low-k material applications.

  18. Invasive Bighead and Silver Carps Form Different Sized Shoals that Readily Intermix.

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    Ratna Ghosal

    Full Text Available Two species of congeneric filter-feeding microphagous carps from Asia, the bighead and the silver carp, were recently introduced to North America and have become highly invasive. These species of carp have similar food habits but the silver carp has the unique habit of jumping when disturbed. Both species have complex but poorly understood social behaviors and while both are thought to aggregate (form groups and shoal (form tight social groups, this possibility has not yet been examined in these species. The present study examined the grouping tendencies of these species in the laboratory and the effects of fish density and species identity on it. Using nearest neighbor distance (NND as a metric, we showed that both juvenile bighead and juvenile silver carp grouped (aggregate strongly (P0.05 on this behavior. Within aggregations, bighead carp tended to form a single large shoal while silver carp formed shoals of 2-3 individuals. Further, when tested as mixed-species groups, bighead and silver carp readily shoaled with each other but not with the common carp, which is from Eurasia and a member of another feeding guild. Due to their similar feeding strategies, we speculate that the bighead and silver carp tend to aggregate and shoal to facilitate both their foraging efforts and to avoid predation, while the differences in the size of the shoals they form may seemingly reflect their different anti-predation strategies. These complex shoaling behaviors likely influence Asian carp distribution in rivers, and thus how they might be sampled and managed.

  19. Photosensitive-polyimide based method for fabricating various neural electrode architectures (United States)

    Kato, Yasuhiro X.; Furukawa, Shigeto; Samejima, Kazuyuki; Hironaka, Naoyuki; Kashino, Makio


    An extensive photosensitive-polyimide (PSPI)-based method for designing and fabricating various neural electrode architectures was developed. The method aims to broaden the design flexibility and expand the fabrication capability for neural electrodes to improve the quality of recorded signals and integrate other functions. After characterizing PSPI's properties for micromachining processes, we successfully designed and fabricated various neural electrodes even on a non-flat substrate using only one PSPI as an insulation material and without the time-consuming dry etching processes. The fabricated neural electrodes were an electrocorticogram (ECoG) electrode, a mesh intracortical electrode with a unique lattice-like mesh structure to fixate neural tissue, and a guide cannula electrode with recording microelectrodes placed on the curved surface of a guide cannula as a microdialysis probe. In vivo neural recordings using anesthetized rats demonstrated that these electrodes can be used to record neural activities repeatedly without any breakage and mechanical failures, which potentially promises stable recordings for long periods of time. These successes make us believe that this PSPI-based fabrication is a powerful method, permitting flexible design, and easy optimization of electrode architectures for a variety of electrophysiological experimental research with improved neural recording performance. PMID:22719725

  20. Sulfur removal from fuel using zeolites/polyimide mixed matrix membrane adsorbents. (United States)

    Lin, Ligang; Wang, Andong; Dong, Meimei; Zhang, Yuzhong; He, Benqiao; Li, Hong


    A novel membrane adsorption process was proposed for the sulfur removal from fuels. The mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) adsorbents composed of polyimide (PI) and various Y zeolites were prepared. By the detailed characterization of FT-IR, morphology, thermal and mechanical properties of MMMs adsorbents, combining the adsorption and desorption behavior research, the process-structure-function relationship was discussed. Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) images show that the functional particles are incorporated into the three-dimensional network structure. MMMs adsorbents with 40% of zeolites content possess better physical properties, which was confirmed by mechanical strength and thermo stability analysis. Influence factors including post-treatment, content of incorporated zeolites, adsorption time, temperature, initial sulfur concentration as well as sulfur species on the adsorption performance of MMMs adsorbents have been evaluated. At 4 wt.% zeolites content, adsorption capacity for NaY/PI, AgY/PI and CeY/PI MMMs adsorbents come to 2.0, 7.5 and 7.9 mg S/g, respectively. And the regeneration results suggest that the corresponding spent membranes can recover about 98%, 90% and 70% of the desulfurization capacity, respectively. The distinct adsorption and desorption behavior of MMMs adsorbents with various functional zeolites was markedly related with their various binding force and binding mode with sulfur compounds. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. The cathepsin B inhibitor, z-FA-CMK is toxic and readily induced cell death in human T lymphocytes

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    Liow, K.Y.; Chow, S.C., E-mail:


    The cathepsin B inhibitor, benzyloxycarbonyl-phenylalanine-alanine-chloromethylketone (z-FA-CMK) was found to be toxic and readily induced cell death in the human T cell line, Jurkat, whereas two other analogs benzyloxycarbonyl-phenylalanine-alanine-fluoromethylketone (z-FA-FMK) and benzyloxycarbonyl-phenylalanine-alanine-diazomethylketone (z-FA-DMK) were not toxic. The toxicity of z-FA-CMK requires not only the CMK group, but also the presence of alanine in the P1 position and the benzyloxycarbonyl group at the N-terminal. Dose–response studies showed that lower concentrations of z-FA-CMK induced apoptosis in Jurkat T cells whereas higher concentrations induced necrosis. In z-FA-CMK-induced apoptosis, both initiator caspases (-8 and -9) and effector caspases (-3, -6 and -7) were processed to their respective subunits in Jurkat T cells. However, only the pro-form of the initiator caspases were reduced in z-FA-CMK-induced necrosis and no respective subunits were apparent. The caspase inihibitor benzyloxycarbonyl-valine-alanine-aspartic acid-(O-methyl)-fluoromehylketone (z-VAD-FMK) inhibits apoptosis and caspase processing in Jurkat T cells treated with low concentration of z-FA-CMK but has no effect on z-FA-CMK-induced necrosis and the loss of initiator caspases. This suggests that the loss of initiator caspases in Jurkat T cells during z-FA-CMK-induced necrosis is not a caspase-dependent process. Taken together, we have demonstrated that z-FA-CMK is toxic to Jurkat T cells and induces apoptosis at low concentrations, while at higher concentrations the cells die of necrosis. - Highlights: • z-FA-CMK is toxic and induce cell death in the human T cells. • z-FA-CMK toxicity requires the CMK group, alanine and the benzyloxycarbonyl group. • z-FA-CMK induced apoptosis at low concentration and necrosis at high concentration.

  2. WET MARS: Plentiful, Readily-Available Martian Water and its Implications

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    Hyde, R.; Ishikawa, M.; Nuckolls, J.; Whitehead, J.; Wood, L.


    /oxygen/fuel plant exploiting Martian atmospheric water. All of the oxygen, water and propellants necessary for life-support, extensive exploration and Earth-return can be provided readily by the host planet. Crewed exploration of Mars launched from LEO with on1.V 2 Shuttle-loads of equipment and consumables--a commercial total cost-equivalent of {approx}$650 M--thereby becomes feasible. The most challenging current problem with respect to human expeditions to Mars is escape from Earth's deep, 11.2 km/s gravity well, and is largely an economic issue. Living on Mars, exploring it extensively and returning to Earth, each hitherto major technical issues, are actually much less difficult, thanks in no small part to the effective ''wetness'' of Mars. Similar considerations apply to other water-rich locations in the Solar system, e.g. Europa.

  3. Fabrication of Polyimide-Matrix/Carbon and Boron-Fiber Tape (United States)

    Belvin, Harry L.; Cano, Roberto J.; Treasure, Monte; Shahood, Thomas W.


    The term HYCARB denotes a hybrid composite of polyimide matrices reinforced with carbon and boron fibers. HYCARB and an improved process for fabricating dry HYCARB tapes have been invented in a continuing effort to develop lightweight, strong composite materials for aerospace vehicles. Like other composite tapes in this line of development, HYCARB tapes are intended to be used to build up laminated structures having possibly complex shapes by means of automated tow placement (ATP) - a process in which a computer-controlled multiaxis machine lays down prepreg tape or tows. The special significance of the present process for making dry HYCARB for ATP is that it contributes to the reduction of the overall cost of manufacturing boron-reinforced composite-material structures while making it possible to realize increased compression strengths. The present process for making HYCARB tapes incorporates a "wet to dry" process developed previously at Langley Research Center. In the "wet to dry" process, a flattened bundle of carbon fiber tows, pulled along a continuous production line between pairs of rollers, is impregnated with a solution of a poly(amide acid) in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP), then most of the NMP is removed by evaporation in hot air. In the present case, the polyamide acid is, more specifically, that of LaRC. IAX (or equivalent) thermoplastic polyimide, and the fibers are, more specifically, Manganite IM7 (or equivalent) polyacrylonitrile- based carbon filaments that have a diameter of 5.2 m and are supplied in 12,000-filament tows. The present process stands in contrast to a prior process in which HYCARB tape was made by pressing boron fibers into the face of a wet carbon-fiber/ poly(amide acid) prepreg tape . that is, a prepreg tape from which the NMP solvent had not been removed. In the present process, one or more layer(s) of side-by-side boron fibers are pressed between dry prepreg tapes that have been prepared by the aforementioned gwet to dry h

  4. Microfabrication of plastic-PDMS microfluidic devices using polyimide release layer and selective adhesive bonding (United States)

    Wang, Shuyu; Yu, Shifeng; Lu, Ming; Zuo, Lei


    In this paper, we present an improved method to bond poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with polyimide (PI) to develop flexible substrate microfluidic devices. The PI film was separately fabricated on a silicon wafer by spin coating followed by thermal treatment to avoid surface unevenness of the flexible substrate. In this way, we could also integrate flexible substrate into standard micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication. Meanwhile, the adhesive epoxy was selectively transferred to the PDMS microfluidic device by a stamp-and-stick method to avoid epoxy clogging the microfluidic channels. To spread out the epoxy evenly on the transferring substrate, we used superhydrophilic vanadium oxide film coated glass as the transferring substrate. After the bonding process, the flexible substrate could easily be peeled off from the rigid substrate. Contact angle measurement was used to characterize the hydrophicity of the vanadium oxide film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis was conducted to study the surface of the epoxy. We further evaluated the bonding quality by peeling tests, which showed a maximum bonding strength of 100 kPa. By injecting with black ink, the plastic microfluidic device was confirmed to be well bonded with no leakage for a day under 1 atm. This proposed versatile method could bond the microfluidic device and plastic substrate together and be applied in the fabrication of some biosensors and lab-on-a-chip systems.

  5. Polyimide encapsulated lithium-rich cathode material for high voltage lithium-ion battery. (United States)

    Zhang, Jie; Lu, Qingwen; Fang, Jianhua; Wang, Jiulin; Yang, Jun; NuLi, Yanna


    Lithium-rich materials represented by xLi2MnO3·(1 - x)LiMO2 (M = Mn, Co, Ni) are attractive cathode materials for lithium-ion battery due to their high specific energy and low cost. However, some drawbacks of these materials such as poor cycle and rate capability remain to be addressed before applications. In this study, a thin polyimide (PI) layer is coated on the surface of Li1.2Ni0.13Mn0.54Co0.13O2 (LNMCO) by a polyamic acid (PAA) precursor with subsequently thermal imidization process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) results confirm the successful formation of a PI layer (∼3 nm) on the surface of LNMCO without destruction of its main structure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra show a slight shift of the Mn valence state from Mn(IV) to Mn(III) in the PI-LNMCO treated at 450 °C, elucidating that charge transfer takes place between the PI layer and LNMCO surface. Electrochemical performances of LNMCO including cyclic stability and rate capability are evidently improved by coating a PI nanolayer, which effectively separates the cathode material from the electrolyte and stabilizes their interface at high voltage.

  6. A new high-performance ionic polymer-metal composite based on Nafion/polyimide blends (United States)

    Nam, Jungsoo; Hwang, Taeseon; Kim, Kwang Jin; Lee, Dong-Chan


    For the first time, we report ion-exchange membranes based on Nafion and polyimide (PI, Kapton) blends to fabricate ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs). Polyamic acid [PAA, poly(pyromellitic dianhydride-co-4,4‧-oxydianiline), as a precursor of PI] solution was blended with Nafion solution using physical blending method to provide PAA-Nafion blend membrane. This work demonstrates that, by simple physical blending method, the thermal and mechanical properties of Nafion can be improved while maintaining the excellent actuating performance. After thermal imidization, PAA converted into PI, resulting in PI-Nafion blend membrane. Optimum conditions to cast PAA-Nafion blends and thermal imidization have been established, and blend membranes with PI wt% of 6, 12, 18, and 30 were prepared. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the incorporation of PI in the Nafion matrix. Thermal decomposition unique to the PI became more noticeable as the content of PI increased, which was measured by thermogravimetric analysis. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the storage modulus (E‧) increased as a function of PI content while loss modulus (E″) exhibited only a minor change, which resulted in the decrease in the damping properties (tan δ). The blend membranes were fabricated into IPMCs by deposition of platinum electrode onto the membrane surface through electroless plating process. Among tested, NPI-18 IPMC actuator, which has 18 wt% of PI in Nafion, showed comparable electromechanical performance to the commercially available Nafion 117 IPMC actuator.

  7. Fabrication and evaluation of dispersed-Ag nanoparticles-in-polyimide thin films (United States)

    Sonehara, Makoto; Watanabe, Yuki; Yamaguchi, Sota; Kato, Takanori; Yoshisaku, Yasuaki; Sato, Toshiro; Itoh, Eiji


    A thin-film common-mode filter (TF-CMF) for cell phones in the UHF band was fabricated and evaluated. The TF-CMF consisted of multiple metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors and inductors. The sizes of the 0.70-1.0 GHz band-type and 1.8-2.0 GHz band-type TF-CMFs are 1,140 × 1,260 × 10.5 µm3, and 1,060 × 1,060 × 10.5 µm3, respectively. The footprint in both types of TF-CMFs is over 1 mm2. In order to miniaturize the TF-CMF, we proposed to change a polyimide-only to a polyimide with dispersed Ag nanoparticles with high permittivity in the insulator layer for the MIM capacitor of the TF-CMF. A polyimide (\\text{polyimide precursor}:\\text{toluene with dispersed Ag nanoparticles} = 100:1) thin film with dispersed high-density Ag nanoparticles has a relative permittivity of about 8, which is twice as high as that of the polyimide-only thin film. If the capacitance and distance between electrodes are the same, then the capacitor footprint may be halved.

  8. Effects of nanofiller morphology and aspect ratio on the rheo-mechanical properties of polyimide nanocomposites

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    Full Text Available New polyimide nanocomposites containing organically modified montmorillonite (MMT, synthetic silicate (chrysotile nanotubes (SNT, and zirconium dioxide (ZrO2 were prepared to investigate the influence of the nanoparticle morphology on the nanocomposite rheology and mechanical properties under selected conditions that the materials are likely to encounter during use. The efficiency of homogeneous dispersion of the nanoparticles in the polyimide matrix was studied by measuring the rheology of model oligoimides (OI dispersions containing the desired amounts of the nanoparticles. The OI/nanoparticles dispersions showed significant increase in complex viscosity with increasing concentration of the nanoparticles that depended strongly on the nanoparticle morphology and aspect ratio. Polyimide nanocomposite films (PI-PM prepared from the poly(amic acid of poly(pyromellitic dianhydride-co-4,4′-oxydianiline (PM filled with the desired concentration of the nanoparticles showed an increase in tensile modulus with increasing nanoparticle concentration in the order MMT>SNT>ZrO2. In contrast to the PI-PM/MMT films, the PI-PM films filled with 10 vol% of SNT and ZrO2 showed higher sample failure strains, suggesting that the SNT and ZrO2 may be more effective in improving the ductility of the polyimide nanocomposites for applications where the relatively brittle polyimide/MMT nanocomposites films are not useable.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and thermal analysis of polyimide-cobalt ferrite nanocomposites

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    Mazuera, David, E-mail: [Department of Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico, 259 Alfonso Valdez Blvd Stefani Bldg of S-603, Mayaguez, 00680 (Puerto Rico); Perales, Oscar, E-mail: [Department of Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico, 259 Alfonso Valdez Blvd Stefani Bldg of S-603, Mayaguez, 00680 (Puerto Rico); Suarez, Marcelo; Singh, Surinder [Department of Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico, 259 Alfonso Valdez Blvd Stefani Bldg of S-603, Mayaguez, 00680 (Puerto Rico)


    Research highlights: {center_dot} Polyimide-cobalt ferrite nanocomposites were successfully produced. {center_dot} Produced nanocomposites are suitable for use at temperatures below 80 deg. C. {center_dot} Magnetic properties of nanocomposites were no sensitive to particle agglomeration. {center_dot} Good distribution of clustered nanoparticles was achieved in produced composites. - Abstract: Cobalt ferrite nanocrystals were synthesized under size-controlled conditions in aqueous phase and incorporated into a polyimide matrix at various volumetric loads. Synthesized 20 nm cobalt ferrite single crystals, which exhibited a room-temperature coercivity of 2.9 kOe, were dispersed in polyimide precursor using two techniques: homogenizer and ball milling. These suspensions were then cured to develop the polyimide structure in the resulting nanocomposites. Produced films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometry, which confirmed the formation of the desired phases. As expected, the saturation magnetization in the nanocomposites varied according to the polyimide/ferrite weight ratio, while coercivity remained at the value corresponding to pure cobalt ferrite nanocrystals. Thermal degradation, thermal stability and dynamic mechanical analyses tests were also carried out to assess the effect of the concentration of the ferrite disperse phase on the thermo-mechanical behavior of the corresponding nanocomposites as well as the used dispersion techniques.

  10. Gas Permeation Properties of Soluble Aromatic Polyimides Based on 4-Fluoro-4,4'-Diaminotriphenylmethane. (United States)

    Guzmán-Lucero, Diego; Palomeque-Santiago, Jorge Froylán; Camacho-Zúñiga, Claudia; Ruiz-Treviño, Francisco Alberto; Guzmán, Javier; Galicia-Aguilar, Alberto; Aguilar-Lugo, Carla


    A series of new organic polyimides were synthesized from 4-fluoro-4'4"-diaminotriphenylmethane and four different aromatic dianhydrides through a one-step, high-temperature, direct polycondensation in m-cresol at 180-200 °C, resulting in the formation of high-molecular-weight polyimides (inherent viscosities ~ 1.0-1.3 dL/g). All the resulting polyimides exhibited good thermal stability with initial decomposition temperatures above 434 °C, glass-transition temperatures between 285 and 316 °C, and good solubility in polar aprotic solvents. Wide-angle X-ray scattering data indicated that the polyimides were amorphous. Dense membranes were prepared by solution casting and solvent evaporation to evaluate their gas transport properties (permeability, diffusivity, and solubility coefficients) toward pure hydrogen, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide gases. In general, the gas permeability was increased as both the fractional free volume and d-spacing were also increased. A good combination of permeability and selectivity was promoted efficiently by the bulky hexafluoroisopropylidene and 4-fluoro-phenyl groups introduced into the polyimides. The results indicate that the gas transport properties of these films depend on both the structure of the anhydride moiety, which controls the intrinsic intramolecular rigidity, and the 4-fluoro-phenyl pendant group, which disrupts the intermolecular packing.

  11. Gas Permeation Properties of Soluble Aromatic Polyimides Based on 4-Fluoro-4,4'-Diaminotriphenylmethane

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    Diego Guzmán-Lucero


    Full Text Available A series of new organic polyimides were synthesized from 4-fluoro-4'4"-diaminotriphenylmethane and four different aromatic dianhydrides through a one-step, high-temperature, direct polycondensation in m-cresol at 180–200 °C, resulting in the formation of high-molecular-weight polyimides (inherent viscosities ~ 1.0–1.3 dL/g. All the resulting polyimides exhibited good thermal stability with initial decomposition temperatures above 434 °C, glass-transition temperatures between 285 and 316 °C, and good solubility in polar aprotic solvents. Wide-angle X-ray scattering data indicated that the polyimides were amorphous. Dense membranes were prepared by solution casting and solvent evaporation to evaluate their gas transport properties (permeability, diffusivity, and solubility coefficients toward pure hydrogen, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide gases. In general, the gas permeability was increased as both the fractional free volume and d-spacing were also increased. A good combination of permeability and selectivity was promoted efficiently by the bulky hexafluoroisopropylidene and 4-fluoro-phenyl groups introduced into the polyimides. The results indicate that the gas transport properties of these films depend on both the structure of the anhydride moiety, which controls the intrinsic intramolecular rigidity, and the 4-fluoro-phenyl pendant group, which disrupts the intermolecular packing.

  12. Gas Permeation Properties of Soluble Aromatic Polyimides Based on 4-Fluoro-4,4'-Diaminotriphenylmethane (United States)

    Guzmán-Lucero, Diego; Froylán Palomeque-Santiago, Jorge; Camacho-Zúñiga, Claudia; Ruiz-Treviño, Francisco Alberto; Guzmán, Javier; Galicia-Aguilar, Alberto; Aguilar-Lugo, Carla


    A series of new organic polyimides were synthesized from 4-fluoro-4'4"-diaminotriphenylmethane and four different aromatic dianhydrides through a one-step, high-temperature, direct polycondensation in m-cresol at 180–200 °C, resulting in the formation of high-molecular-weight polyimides (inherent viscosities ~ 1.0–1.3 dL/g). All the resulting polyimides exhibited good thermal stability with initial decomposition temperatures above 434 °C, glass-transition temperatures between 285 and 316 °C, and good solubility in polar aprotic solvents. Wide-angle X-ray scattering data indicated that the polyimides were amorphous. Dense membranes were prepared by solution casting and solvent evaporation to evaluate their gas transport properties (permeability, diffusivity, and solubility coefficients) toward pure hydrogen, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide gases. In general, the gas permeability was increased as both the fractional free volume and d-spacing were also increased. A good combination of permeability and selectivity was promoted efficiently by the bulky hexafluoroisopropylidene and 4-fluoro-phenyl groups introduced into the polyimides. The results indicate that the gas transport properties of these films depend on both the structure of the anhydride moiety, which controls the intrinsic intramolecular rigidity, and the 4-fluoro-phenyl pendant group, which disrupts the intermolecular packing. PMID:28788041

  13. Novel reusable porous polyimide fibers for hot-oil adsorption. (United States)

    Tian, Lidong; Zhang, Chongyin; He, Xiaowei; Guo, Yongqiang; Qiao, Mingtao; Gu, Junwei; Zhang, Qiuyu


    The development of oil sorbents with high thermal stability, adsorption capacity, reusability and recoverability is of great significance for hot oil leakage protection, especially for oil spillage of oil refinery, petrochemical industry and cars. In our work, highly efficient hot oil adsorption of polyimide (PI) fibers with excellent thermal stability was successfully prepared by a facile electrospinning method followed by post-treatment. The corresponding morphologies, structures and oil adsorption properties of as-prepared PI fibers at different temperatures were analyzed and characterized. Results showed that PI fibers presented a stable morphology and pore structure at 200°C. The oil adsorption capacity of porous PI fibers for hot motor oil (200°C) was about 57.4gg(-1), higher than that of PI fibers (32.7gg(-1)) with non-porous structure for the motor oil at room temperature. Even after ten adsorption cycles, porous PI fibers still maintained a comparable oil sorption capacity (oil retention of 4.2%). The obtained porous PI fibers exhibited excellent hot oil adsorption capacity, reusability and recoverability, which would broaden the application of electrospun fibers in oil spill cleanup and further provide a versatile platform for exploring the technologies of nanofibers in hot oil adsorption field. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. Surface relief gratings in azobenzene supramolecular systems based on polyimides (United States)

    Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa; Sobolewska, Anna; Stumpe, Joachim; Hamryszak, Lukasz; Bujak, Piotr


    The paper describes formation of new supramolecular azopolymers based on hydrogen bonds as perspective materials for laser induced surface relief gratings (SRGs) and for polarization gratings. Supramolecular films were built on the basis of hydrogen bonds between the functional groups of polymer and azobenzene derivatives, that is 4-[4-(3-hydroxypropyloxy)phenylazo]-pyridine and 4-[4-(6-hydroxyhexyloxy)phenylazo]pyridine. Polymers with imide rings, i.e., poly(esterimide)s and poly(etherimide)s, with phenolic hydroxyl or carboxylic groups were applied as matrixes for polymer-dye supramolecular systems. They revealed glass transition temperatures (Tg) in the range of 170-260 °C, whereas supramolecular systems exhibited lower Tg (88-187 °C). The polymers were easily soluble in aprotic polar solvents and exhibited remarkable good film forming properties. Moreover, new chromophore 4-[4-(3-hydroxypropyloxy)phenylazo]pyridine was synthesized and characterized. The light induced SRGs formation and simultaneous formation of the polarization gratings were explored in prepared polymer-chromophore assembles films using a holographic grating recording technique. First time to the best of our knowledge SRGs were formed in hydrogen-bonded supramolecular systems based on polyimides. The highest SRG amplitude and thus the highest diffraction efficiency were obtained in poly(esterimide)s with the hydroxyl functional group. Additionally, the thermal stability of the photoinduced surface gratings and polarization gratings were tested revealing in the case of the SRGs partial stability and almost complete erasure of the polarization gratings.

  15. Photomechanically coupled viscoelasticity of azobenzene polyimide polymer networks (United States)

    Roberts, Dennice; Worden, Matt; Chowdhury, Sadiyah; Oates, William S.


    Polyimide-based azobenzene polymer networks have demonstrated superior photomechanical performance over more conventional azobenzene-doped pendent and cross-linked polyacrylate networks. These materials exhibit larger yield stress and glass transition temperatures and thus provide robustness for active control of adaptive structures directly with polarized, visible light. Whereas photochemical reactions clearly lead to deformation, as indicated by a rotation of a linear polarized light source, temperature and viscoelasticity can also influence deformation and complicate interpretation of the photostrictive and shape memory constitutive behavior. To better understand this behavior we develop a rate-dependent constitutive model and experimentally quantify the material behavior in these materials. The rate dependent deformation induced in these materials is quantified experimentally through photomechanical stress measurements and infrared camera measurements. Bayesian uncertainty analysis is used to assess the role of internal polymer network evolution and azobenzene excitation on both thermomechanical and photomechanical deformation in the presence polarized light of different orientations. A modified Arrhenius relation is proposed and validated using Bayesian statistics which provide connections between free volume, shape memory, and polarized light.

  16. Improving the leakage current of polyimide-based resistive memory by tuning the molecular chain stack of the polyimide film (United States)

    Wu, Chi-Chang; Hsiao, Yu-Ping; You, Hsin-Chiang; Lin, Guan-Wei; Kao, Min-Fang; Manga, Yankuba B.; Yang, Wen-Luh


    We have developed an organic-based resistive random access memory (ReRAM) by using spin-coated polyimide (PI) as the resistive layer. In this study, the chain distance and number of chain stacks of PI molecules are investigated. We employed different solid contents of polyamic acid (PAA) to synthesize various PI films, which served as the resistive layer of ReRAM, the electrical performance of which was evaluated. By tuning the PAA solid content, the intermolecular interaction energy of the PI films is changed without altering the molecular structure. Our results show that the leakage current in the high-resistance state and the memory window of the PI-based ReRAM can be substantially improved using this technique. The superior properties of the PI-based ReRAM are ascribed to fewer molecular chain stacks in the PI films when the PAA solid content is decreased, hence suppressing the leakage current. In addition, a device retention time of more than 107 s can be achieved using this technique. Finally, the conduction mechanism in the PI-based ReRAM was analyzed using hopping and conduction models.

  17. Evaluation of two polyimides and of an improved liner retention design for self-lubricating bushings (United States)

    Sliney, H. E.


    Two different polyimide polymers were studied and the effectiveness of a design feature to improve retention of the self lubricating composite liners under high load was evaluated. The basic bearing design consisted of a molded layer of chopped graphite-fiber-reinforced-polyimide (GFRP) composite bonded to the bore of a steel bushing. The friction, wear, and load carrying ability of the bushings were determined in oscillating tests at 25, 260 and 315 C at radial unit loads up to 260 MPa. Friction coefficients were typically 0.15 to 0.25. Bushings with liners containing a new partially fluorinated polymer were functional, but had a lower load capacity and higher wear rate than those containing a more conventional, high temperature polyimide. The liner retention design feature reduced the tendency of the liners to crack and work out of the contact zone under high oscillating loads.

  18. Thermal analysis and its application in evaluation of fluorinated polyimide membranes for gas separation

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    Qiu, Wulin


    Seven polyimides based on (4,4′-hexafluoroisopropylidene) diphthalic anhydride, 6FDA, with different chemical structures were synthesized in a single pot two-step procedure by first producing a high molecular weight polyamic acid (PAA), followed by reaction with acetic anhydride to produce polyimide (PI). The resulting polymers were characterized using thermal analysis techniques including TGA, derivative weight analysis, TGA-MS, and DSC. The decarboxylation-induced thermal cross-linking, ester cross-linking through a diol, and ion-exchange reactions of selected polyimide membranes were investigated. Cross-linking of polymer membranes was confirmed by solubility tests and CO 2 permeability measurements. The thermal analysis provides simple and timesaving opportunities to characterize the polymer properties, the ability to optimize polymer cross-linking conditions, and to monitor polymer functionalization to develop high performance polymeric membranes for gas separations. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Thermosetting polyimide resin matrix composites with interpenetrating polymer networks for precision foil resistor chips based on special mechanical performance requirements

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    Wang, X.Y., E-mail: [School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Ma, J.X.; Li, C.G. [School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wang, H.X. [ZHENGHE electronics Co., Ltd, Jining 272023 (China)


    Highlights: • Macromolecular materials were chosen to modify thermosetting polyimide (TSPI). • The formation of IPN structure in TSPI composite polymers was discussed. • The special mechanical properties required were the main study object. • The desired candidate materials should have proper hardness and toughness. • The specific mechanical data are quantitatively determined by experiments. - Abstract: Based on interpenetrating networks (IPNs) different macromolecular materials such as epoxy, phenolic, and silicone resin were chosen to modify thermosetting polyimide (TSPI) resin to solve the lack of performance when used for protecting precision foil resistor chips. Copolymerization modification, controlled at curing stage, was used to prepare TSPI composites considering both performance and process requirements. The mechanical properties related to trimming process were mainly studied due to the special requirements of the regularity of scratch edges caused by a tungsten needle. The analysis on scratch edges reveals that the generation and propagation of microcracks caused by scratching together with crack closure effect may lead to regular scratch traces. Experiments show that the elongation at break of TSPI composites is the main reason that determines the special mechanical properties. The desired candidate materials should have proper hardness and toughness, and the specific mechanical data are that the mean elongation at break and tensile strength of polymer materials are in the range of 9.2–10.4% and 100–107 MPa, respectively. Possible reasons for the effect of the modifiers chosen on TSPI polymers, the reaction mechanisms on modified TSPI resin and the IPN structure in TSPI composite polymers were discussed based on IR and TG analysis.

  20. Gas separation performance of 6FDA-based polyimides with different chemical structures

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    Qiu, Wulin


    This work reports the gas separation performance of several 6FDA-based polyimides with different chemical structures, to correlate chemical structure with gas transport properties with a special focus on CO2 and CH 4 transport and plasticization stability of the polyimides membranes relevant to natural gas purification. The consideration of the other gases (He, O2 and N2) provided additional insights regarding effects of backbone structure on detailed penetrant properties. The polyimides studied include 6FDA-DAM, 6FDA-mPDA, 6FDA-DABA, 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2), 6FDA-DAM:mPDA (3:2) and 6FDA-mPDA:DABA (3:2). Both pure and binary gas permeation were investigated. The packing density, which is tunable by adjusting monomer type and composition of the various samples, correlated with transport permeability and selectivity. The separation performance of the polyimides for various gas pairs were also plotted for comparison to the upper bound curves, and it was found that this family of materials shows attractive performance. The CO 2 plasticization responses for the un-cross-linked polyimides showed good plasticization resistance to CO2/CH4 mixed gas with 10% CO2; however, only the cross-linked polyimides showed good plasticization resistance under aggressive gas feed conditions (CO 2/CH4 mixed gas with 50% CO2 or pure CO 2). For future work, asymmetric hollow fibers and carbon molecular sieve membranes based on the most attractive members of the family will be considered. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Nanocomposites Derived From a Low-Color Aromatic Polyimide (CP2) and Amine-Functionalized Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofibers: In Situ Polymerization and Characterization (Preprint) (United States)


    VGCNF are produced by a vapor-phase catalytic process in which a carbon-containing feedstock (e.g., CH4, C2H4, etc.) is pyrolyzed in the presence of...small metal catalyst (e.g., ferrocene, Fe(CO)5, etc.). They have an outer diameter of 60-200 nm, a hollow core of 30-90 nm, and length on the order...and methanesulfonic acid (infra vida ). The molecular weights of the polyimide grafts on VGCNF were calculated based on the assumption that there were

  2. Electro-optic side-chain polyimide system with large optical nonlinearity and high thermal stability (United States)

    Sotoyama, Wataru; Tatsuura, Satoshi; Yoshimura, Tetsuzo


    We report electro-optic (EO) efficiency and thermal stability of a poled polyimide system with nonlinear optical dyes as side chains. The side-chain polyimide system is synthesized from a dianhydride containing azobenzene dye and a diamine. The dye in the polymer is chemically stable for temperatures below 250 °C. The polymer can be poled simultaneously with or after imidization of the polyamic acid. Our sample poled after imidization shows a large EO coefficient (r33=10.8 pm/V at λ=1.3 μm) and long-term thermal stability at 120 °C.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of aryl phosphine oxide containing thermoplastic polyimides and thermosetting polyimides with controlled reactivity (United States)

    Zhuang, Hong


    that phenylethynyl endcapped polymers could be thermally cured at high temperatures (350{-}380sp°C) providing good processibility. The networks exhibited thermal stability, chemical resistance and good adhesion strength, ideal as "primary" bonding adhesives. Acetylene and maleimide endcapped systems were prepared for application as "secondary" bonding materials, meaning that they are cured at a lower temperature than that of the Tg of the primary structure. Lap shear test results indicated good adhesion to titanium when cured at 250sp° C{-}280sp° C. The cured materials showed high glass transition temperatures and good thermal and thermo-oxidative stability as determined by DSC, TGA and DMA. Good chemical resistance was demonstrated via solvent extraction measurements. The influence of molecular weight between crosslinks (/line{M}sb{c}) on thermal and mechanical behavior was also investigated. Lower molecular weight oligomers exhibited lower Tg and cure temperatures, whereas the cured networks resulting from lower molecular weight oligomers afforded higher Tg and higher gel fractions, but reduced toughness.

  4. Persistent or not persistent? Polychlorinated biphenyls are readily depurated by grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis). (United States)

    Christensen, Jennie R; Letcher, Robert J; Ross, Peter S


    Major pharmacokinetic processes influencing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) accumulation in mammals include uptake, biotransformation, respiration, and excretion. We characterized some of the factors underlying PCB accumulation/loss by evaluating PCB concentrations and patterns in pre- and posthibernation grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) and their prey. The PCB congeners with vicinal meta- and para-chlorine unsubstituted hydrogen positions consistently showed loss both before and during hibernation, supporting the idea of a dominant role for biotransformation. Retention of all other studied congeners relative to that of PCB 194 varied widely (from bears do not eat or excrete. We estimate that grizzly bears retain less than 10% of total PCBs taken up from their diet. Our results suggest that for grizzly bears, depuration of PCBs via biotransformation is important (explaining approximately 40% of loss), but that nonbiotransformation processes, such as excretion, may be more important (explaining approximately 60% of loss). These findings, together with the approximately 91% loss of the persistent PCB 153 congener relative to PCB 194 in grizzly bears, raise important questions about how one defines persistence of PCBs in wildlife and may have bearing on the interpretation of food-web biomagnification studies.

  5. Analysis of thermoplastic polyimide + polymer liquid crystal blends (United States)

    Gopalanarayanan, Bhaskar

    Thermoplastic polyimides (TPIs) exhibit high glass transition temperatures (Tsbgs), which make them useful in high performance applications. Amorphous and semicrystalline TPIs show sub-Tsbg relaxations, which can aid in improving strength characteristics through energy absorption. The alpha relaxation of both types of TPIs indicates a cooperative nature. The semicrystalline TPI shows thermo-irreversible cold crystallization phenomenon. The polymer liquid crystal (PLC) used in the blends is thermotropic and with longitudinal molecular structure. The small heat capacity change (Delta Csb{p}) associated with the glass transition indicates the PLC to be rigid rod in nature. The PLC shows a small endotherm associated with the melting. The addition of PLC to the semicrystalline TPI does not significantly affect the Tsbg or the melting point (Tsbm). The cold crystallization temperature (Tsbc) increases with the addition of the PLC, indicating channeling phenomenon. The addition of PLC also causes a negative deviation of the Delta Csb{p}, which is another evidence for channeling. The TPI, PLC and their blends show high thermal stability. The semicrystalline TPI absorbs moisture; this effect decreases with the addition of the PLC. The absorbed moisture does not show any effect on the degradation. The addition of PLC beyond 30 wt.% does not result in an improvement of properties. The amorphous TPI + PLC blends also show the negative deviation of Delta Csb{p} from linearity with composition. The addition of PLC causes a decrease in the thermal conductivity in the transverse direction to the PLC orientation. The thermomechanical analysis indicates isotropic expansivity for the amorphous TPI and a small anisotropy for the semicrystalline TPI. The PLC shows large anisotropy in expansivity. Even 5 wt.% concentration of PLC in the blend induces considerable anisotropy in the expansivity. Thus, blends show controllable expansivity through PLC concentration. Amorphous TPI + PLC

  6. Synthesis and characteristics of polyimide/titania nano hybrid films

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    Tsai, M.-H. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chin-Yi Institute of Technology, Taichung 41111, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail:; Liu, S.-J. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chin-Yi Institute of Technology, Taichung 41111, Taiwan (China); Chiang, P.-C. [Lam Research Corporation, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)


    Polyimide/titania (PI/TiO{sub 2}) nano hybrid films are synthesized by sol-gel technology. [4,4'-(4,4'-Isopropylidenediphenoxy) bis (phthalic anhydride)] (IDPA), 4,4'-diaminodiphenyl ether (ODA) and 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APrTMOS) mixed entirely and reacted at room temperature to form the polyamic acid (PAA). Tetraethyl orthotitanate (Ti(OEt){sub 4}) and actylacetone, the latter one is used as chelating agent, are then added to the polyamic acid. After imidization at high temperature, PI/TiO{sub 2} hybrid films with different block chain length, 5000 of PAA and 15000 g mol{sup -1}, and a cross-linked structure are formed. The resulting hybrid films, containing relatively small amounts of titania, exhibit higher transparency and flexibility. Moreover, as compared with pure PI, the hybrid film formed from APrTMOS has better ability to form a film with a higher titania content. Due to the high and low refractive index (RI) of TiO{sub 2} and APrTMOS, their introduction may lead to the change of the RI of hybrid films. From the transmission electron microscope (TEM) images; the particle size of titania decreases with increasing APrTMOS content. Thermal decomposition temperatures (T {sub d}), with a 5% weight loss, are in the range of 400-540 deg. C. The dynamic mechanical thermal analysis showed a systematic increase of glass transition temperature, along with a broader and weaker tan {delta} peak with increasing titania content.

  7. Kinetics of imidization and crosslinking for AFR700B polyimide

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    Russell, J.D. [Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (United States); Kardos, J.L. [Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States)


    The imidization kinetics for AFR700B polyimide were determined using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) by following the increase in imide groups as tracked with the 1360 cm{sup -1} band over several isotherms. Imidization occurs at an rapid initial rate, followed by a slow rate. The reaction rates for both the fast and slow regions were found to be first order with respect to the increase in the 1360 cm{sup -1} band. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor were found for each region. The formation of imide rings in AFR700B was found to occur until approximately 300{degrees}C. This was confirmed by the presence of water up to 300{degrees}C in thermogravimetric analysis-mass spectroscopy data. Literature has shown that imidization is mass transfer limited. Thus, the kinetics should be coupled with a mass transfer relation to accurately describe the imidization reaction. While FTIR studies of AFR700B allowed no insight into crosslinking due to the small concentrations of the end groups, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) studies showed that the application of pressure greatly affects the crosslinked network structure and the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}). Applying pressure during cure keeps the cyclopentadiene evolved during the reverse Diels-Alder reaction in solution and allows it to participate in crosslinking. Thus for panels cured under pressure and postcured to 400{degrees}C, the storage modulus (G`) and T{sub g} increase with increasing cure temperature. DMA studies also showed an increase in G` at temperatures above 450{degrees}C indicating increased crosslinking. Thermogravimetric analysis-mass spectroscopy (TGA-MS) showed that this could be due to crosslinking between polymer chains.

  8. 26 CFR 31.3406(d)-4 - Special rules for readily tradable instruments acquired through a broker. (United States)


    ...) In general. A payor of an instrument acquired by a payee through a broker may rely on the information...'s customary method of making payment on an instrument or instruments owned by a payee. If it is the... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Special rules for readily tradable instruments...

  9. Production of Fungal Amylases Using Cheap, Readily Available Agriresidues, for Potential Application in Textile Industry

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    Shalini Singh


    Full Text Available The study aimed at isolation and screening of fungal amylase producer, optimization of solid state fermentation conditions for maximum amylase production by the best amylase producer, and characterization of the crude amylases, so produced. Aspergillus fumigatus NTCC1222 showed the highest amylase activity (164.1 U/mL in secondary screening under SSF conditions and was selected for further studies. The test strain showed maximum amylase production (341.7 U/mL and supernatant protein concentration (9.7 mg/mL for incubation period (6 days, temperature (35°C, initial pH (6.0, nutrient salt solution as moistening agent, and beef extract as nitrogen source. Pomegranate peel produced maximum amylase activity, but wheat bran (only slightly lesser amylase activity as compared to that of pomegranate peel was chosen for further studies, keeping in mind the seasonal availability of pomegranate peel. TLC confirmed the amylase produced to be α-type and 60 kDa was the molecular weight of the partially purified amylase. The enzyme showed maximum enzyme activity at pH 6.0, temperature of 55°C, and incubation time of 60 minutes. UV (616.0 U/mL and chemical (814.2 U/mL mutation enhanced amylase activity as compared to wild test strain. The study indicates that Aspergillus fumigatus NTCC1222 can be an important source of amylase and the crude enzyme, hence obtained, can be cost effectively applied in multiple sections of textile wet processing.

  10. Surface Morphology of Polyimide Thin Film Dip-Coated on Polyester Filament for Dielectric Layer in Fibrous Organic Field Effect Transistor

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    Rambausek Lina


    Full Text Available The idea of wearable electronics automatically leads to the concept of integrating electronic functions on textile substrates. Since this substrate type implies certain challenges in comparison with their rigid electronic companions, it is of utmost importance to investigate the application of materials for generating the electronic functions on the textile substrate. Only when interaction of materials and textile substrate is fully understood, the electronic function can be generated on the textile without changing the textile’s properties, being flexible or stretchable. This research deals with the optimization of the dielectric layer in a fibrous organic field effect transistor (OFET. A transistor can act as an electrical switch in a circuit. In this work, the polyimide layer was dip-coated on a copper-coated polyester filament. After thoroughly investigating the process conditions, best results with minimal thickness and roughness at full insulation could be achieved at a dip-coating speed of 50 mm/min. The polyimide solution was optimal at 15w% and the choice for the solvent NMP was made. In this paper, details on the pre-treatment methods, choice of solvent and dip-coating speed and their effect on layer morphology and thickness, electrical properties and roughness are reported. Results show that the use of polyimide as a dielectric layer in the architecture of a fibrous OFET is promising. Further research deals with the application of the semiconductor layer within the mentioned architecture, to finally build an OFET on a filament for application in smart textiles.

  11. Ag-functionalized carbon molecular-sieve membranes based on polyelectrolyte/polyimide blend precursors

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    Barsema, J.N.; van der Vegt, N.F.A.; Koops, G.H.; Wessling, Matthias


    We prepared dense flat-sheet Ag-functionalized carbon molecular-sieve (CMS) membranes from blends of P84 co-polyimide and a sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) with a Ag+ counterion (AgSPEEK). These blends offer the possibility of producing new functionalized precursor structures, which were

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(maleic Anhydride)s Cross-linked Polyimide Aerogels (United States)

    Guo, Haiquan; Meador, Mary Ann B.


    With the development of technology for aerospace applications, new thermal insulation materials are required to be flexible and capable of surviving high heat flux. For instance, flexible insulation is needed for inflatable aerodynamic decelerators which are used to slow spacecraft for entry, descent and landing (EDL) operations. Polyimide aerogels have low density, high porosity, high surface area, and better mechanical properties than silica aerogels and can be made into flexible thin films, thus they are potential candidates for aerospace needs. The previously reported cross-linkers such as octa(aminophenyl)silsesquioxane (OAPS) and 1,3,5-triaminophenoxybenzene (TAB) are either expensive or not commercially available. Here, we report the synthesis of a series of polyimide aerogels cross-linked using various commercially available poly(maleic anhydride)s, as seen in Figure 1. The amine end capped polyimide oligomers were made with 3,3,4,4-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA) and diamine combinations of dimethylbenzidine (DMBZ) and 4, 4-oxydianiline (ODA). The resulting aerogels have low density (0.12 gcm3 to 0.16 gcm3), high porosity (90) and high surface area (380-554 m2g). The effect of the different poly(maleic anhydride) cross-linkers and polyimide backbone structures on density, shrinkage, porosity, surface area, mechanical properties, moisture resistance and thermal properties will be discussed.

  13. Mechanical property degradation of graphite/polyimide composites after exposure to moisture or shuttle orbiter fluids (United States)

    Lisagor, W. B.


    The effects of moisture exposure on the mechanical properties of graphite polyimide systems are presented. The mechanism of the degradation and the magnitude of the affect associated with specific mechanical properties is investigated. An experimental effort involving exposure to selected environmental variables and subsequent mechanical property testing and analysis is included.

  14. CO2 Plasticization of Polyethersulfone/Polyimide Gas-Separation Membranes

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    Kapantaidakis, G.; Koops, G.H.; Wessling, Matthias; Kaldis, S.P.; Sakellaropoulos, G.P.


    This work reports the CO2 plasticization of gas-separation hollow-fiber membranes based on polyimide and polyethersulfone blends. The feed pressure effect on the permeance of pure gases (CO2, N2) and the separation performance of a gaseous mixture (CO2/N2, 55/45%) is examined. Contrary to dense

  15. Thermoplastic-thermosetting merged polyimides via furan-maleimide Diels–Alder polymerization

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    Yogesh S. Patel


    Full Text Available Novel thermoplastic-thermosetting merged polyimide system has been developed via Diels–Alder intermolecular polymerization of bisfuran namely, 2,5-bis(furan-2-ylmethylcarbamoyl terephthalic acid A with a series of bismaleimides B1–4. Thus obtained intermediate Diels–Alder adducts C1–4 were aromatized and imidized (i.e. cyclized through carboxylic and amide groups to afford thermoplastic-thermosetting merged polyimides D1–4. Bisfuran A was prepared by the condensation of pyromellitic dianhydride with furan-2-ylmethanamine and characterized by elemental, spectral, thermal and LCMS analyses. Synthesized Diels–Alder adducts C1–4 and polyimides D1–4 were characterized by elemental analysis, spectral features, number average molecular weight (Mn‾, degree of polymerization (DP and thermal analysis. To facilitate the correct structural assessment and to be able to verify the occurrence of the DA adducts and PIs, a model compound 4 was prepared from phthalic anhydride and furan-2-ylmethanamine in a similar way. FTIR spectral features of polyimides D1–4 were compared with model compound 4 and they were found to be quite identical. The ‘in situ' void-free glass fiber reinforced composites GFRC1–4 were prepared from the produced system and characterized by chemical, mechanical and electrical analyses. All the composites showed good mechanical, electrical and thermal properties and good resistance to organic solvents and mineral acids.

  16. Residue-free plasma etching of polyimide coatings for small pitch vias with improved step coverage

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    Mimoun, B.A.Z.; Pham, H.T.M.; Henneken, V.; Dekker, R.


    The authors have found that patterning polyimide coatings containing organosilane adhesion promoter using pure oxygen plasma resulted in a thin silicon-rich residue layer. They show in this paper that adding small amounts of fluorine-containing gas to the etching gas mixture is necessary in order to

  17. Photopiezoelectric Composites of Azobenzene-Functionalized Polyimides and Polyvinylidene Fluoride (Postprint) (United States)


    is a diamine containing two azobenzenes per molecule and synthesized according to our previous publica- tion. [ 25 ] The generic chemical structure...AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2015-0026 PHOTOPIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES OF AZOBENZENE -FUNCTIONALIZED POLYIMIDES AND POLYVINYLIDENE FLUORIDE (POSTPRINT...3. DATES COVERED (From – To) 24 December 2009 – 15 September 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE PHOTOPIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES OF AZOBENZENE - FUNCTIONALIZED

  18. Impact of Backbone Rigidity on the Photomechanical Response of Glassy, Azobenzene-Functionalized Polyimides (Postprint) (United States)


    azoBPA- diamine ). The azobenzene -functionalized linear polymers exhibit glass transition temperatures (Tg) ranging from 276 to 307 °C and maintain...polymerization of five dianhydride monomers with a newly synthesized diamine (azoBPA- diamine ). The azobenzene -functionalized linear polymers exhibit... diamine monomer and used it to prepare five, amorphous azobenzene -functionalized linear polyimides through polymer- ization with structurally

  19. Time-dependent permeation of carbon dioxide through a polyimide membrane above the plasticization pressure

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    Wessling, Matthias; Huisman, I.; van den Boomgaard, Anthonie; Smolders, C.A.; Smolders, C.A.


    The time-dependent permeation behavior of a glassy polyimide is studied above and below the plasticization pressure with carbon dioxide as the permeating gas. The work particularly focuses on the quantification of the slow increase in permeability at feed pressures above the plasticization pressure.

  20. Effect of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Modification on Polyimide and Adhesive Joining with Titanium

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    Akram, M.; Jansen, K.M.B.; Ernst, L.J.; Bhowmik, S.; Ajeesh, G.; Ahmed, S.; Chakraborty, D.


    This investigation highlights the effect of surface modification on polyimide by atmospheric pressure plasma treatment with different exposure time. Surface modification of polymer by plasma treatment essentially creates physical and chemical changes such as cross-linking and formation of free

  1. 77 FR 33768 - Certain Polyimide Films, Products Containing Same, and Related Methods; Notice of Request for... (United States)


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    ... COMMISSION Certain Polyimide Films, Products Containing Same, and Related Methods; Notice of Commission Determination to Partially Review and Partially Vacate the Final Initial Determination of the Administrative Law... the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to partially review and partially vacate the...

  3. High-performance intrinsically microporous dihydroxyl-functionalized triptycene-based polyimide for natural gas separation

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    Alaslai, Nasser Y.


    A novel polyimide of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-PI) was synthesized from a 9,10-diisopropyl-triptycene-based dianhydride (TPDA) and dihydroxyl-functionalized 4,6-diaminoresorcinol (DAR). The unfunctionalized TPDA-m-phenylenediamine (mPDA) polyimide derivative was made as a reference material to evaluate the effect of the OH group in TPDA-DAR on its gas transport properties. Pure-gas permeability coefficients of He, H2, N2, O2, CH4, and CO2 were measured at 35 °C and 2 atm. The BET surface area based on nitrogen adsorption of dihydroxyl-functionalized TPDA-DAR (308 m2g-1) was 45% lower than that of TPDA-mPDA (565 m2g-1). TPDA-mPDA had a pure-gas CO2 permeability of 349 Barrer and CO2/CH4 selectivity of 32. The dihydroxyl-functionalized TPDA-DAR polyimide exhibited enhanced pure-gas CO2/CH4 selectivity of 46 with a moderate decrease in CO2 permeability to 215 Barrer. The CO2 permeability of TPDA-DAR was ∼30-fold higher than that of a commercial cellulose triacetate membrane coupled with 39% higher pure-gas CO2/CH4 selectivity. The TPDA-based dihydroxyl-containing polyimide showed good plasticization resistance and maintained high mixed-gas selectivity of 38 when tested at a typical CO2 natural gas wellhead CO2 partial pressure of 10 atm.

  4. Effect of using polyimide capillaries during thermal experiments on the particle size distribution of supported Pt nanoparticles

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    Gámez-Mendoza, Liliana; Resto, Oscar; Martínez-Iñesta, María


    Kapton HN-type polyimide capillaries are commonly used as sample holders for transmission X-ray experiments at temperatures below 673 K because of their thermal stability, high X-ray transmittance and low cost. Using high-angle annular dark field scanning high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis, this work shows that using polyimide capillaries leads to the overgrowth of supported Pt nanoparticles during reduction at temperatures below the glass transition temperature (Tg= 658 K) owing to an outgassing of water from the polyimide. Quartz capillaries were also studied and this overgrowth was not observed.

  5. Polyimide-Clay Composite Materials for Space Application (United States)

    Orwoll, Robert A.; Connell, John W. (Technical Monitor)


    The introduction of nanometer-sized clay particles into a polyimide matrix has been shown to enhance the physical properties of specific polymer systems. The clay comprises large stacked platelets of the oxides of aluminum and silicon. These sheets have long dimensions on the order of tenths of a micrometer and thicknesses of several nanometers. Homogeneous dispersion of the clay platelets in the polymer matrix is necessary to achieve those enhancements in polymer properties. Natural montmorillonite with the empirical formula Na0.33Mg0.33Al1.67(OH)2(Si4O10) contains exchangeable inorganic cations. The clay lamellae stack together with the positive sodium ions situated between the surfaces of the individual sheets to balance negatively charged oxygen atoms that are on the surfaces of the sheets. These surface charges contribute to strong electrostatic forces which hold the sheets together tightly. Exfoliation can be accomplished only with unusual measures. In preparing clay nanocomposites, we have taken two steps to try to reduce these interlamellar forces in order to promote the separation (exfoliation) of the sheets and the dispersion of the individual clay particles throughout the organic polymer matrix. In the first step, some of the surface Na(+) ions are replaced with Li(+) ions. Unlike sodium cations, the lithium cations migrate into the interior of the lamellae when the system is heated. Their departure from the surface reduces the surface charge and therefore the attractive forces between the sheets. The loss of alkali metal cations from the surface can be measured as the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of the clay. For example, we found that the CEC of montmorillonite clay was reduced by almost two thirds by treating it with lithium ions and heating to 250 C for 24 hr. Lesser heating has a smaller effect on the CEC. X-ray diffraction measurements show that the d-spacing decreased from ca. 1.34 to 0.97 nm, apparently a consequence of a collapse of the clay

  6. Etude préliminaire de la stabilité à l'hydrolyse des polyimides 6F Preliminary Study of the Hydrolysis Stability of 6f Polyimides

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    Mileo J. C.


    Full Text Available L'évaluation comparative du comportement en solution des polylmides 6F fait ressortir que ces nouveaux polymères, doués d'une stabilité thermique élevée par référence à l'analyse thermogravimétrique, ont, par contraste, une résistance beaucoup plus limitée aux influences ioniques et que l'hydrolyse, qui entraîne une réduction substantielle de leur masse moléculaire, est, dans leur cas, un processus de dégradation d'importance majeure. Despite its importance, particularly during the phase-inversion creation of asymmetrical gaseous-permeation membranes, the behavior in solution of polyImides derived from 4,4'-hexafluoroisopropylidenediphthalic anhydride has not, to our knowledge, been the subject of any published report. The present project was thus undertaken to assess the hydrolysis resistance of such polymers. This article describes and interprets some results highlighting the influence of structural factors. The products, which differ in the nature of both the initial diamine and dianhydride, were prepared by thermal polyheterocyclization in a single stage in different solvents at 200°C, and their stability was determined by the variations in their intrinsic viscosity after aging in a sealed tube at 90°C. Hydrolysis does not affect all 6F polyImides in a uniform way but seems to be governed by differences in the chemical affinity and in the morphology of the chains. Polymers having an increasing number of alkyl groups on the aminated remainder show a less and less marked susceptibility. A more specific fragility, however, affects polyImides having a carboxylic acid group. Other polar substituents have a stabilizing influence. A comparison with other polyImides is undeniably unfavorable to 6F derivatives. Degradation is very marked in dipolar aprotic solvents, whereas it appears quite limited in m-cresol. It apparantly cannot be blamed on the possible presence of uncyclized acid-amide units. The influence of the amount of

  7. Impact of silver metallization and electron irradiation on the mechanical deformation of polyimide films (United States)

    Muradov, A. D.; Mukashev, K. M.; Yar-Mukhamedova, G. Sh.; Korobova, N. E.


    The impact of silver metallization and electron irradiation on the physical and mechanical properties of polyimide films has been studied. The metal that impregnated the structure of the polyimide substrate was 1-5 μm. The surface coatings contained 80-97% of the relative silver mirror in the visible and infrared regions. Irradiation was performed at the ELU-6 linear accelerator with an average beam electron energy of 2 MeV, an integral current of up to 1000 μA, a pulse repetition rate of 200 Hz, and a pulse duration of 5 μs. The absorbed dose in the samples was 10, 20, 30, and 40 MGy. The samples were deformed at room temperature under uniaxial tension on an Instron 5982 universal testing system. The structural changes in the composite materials that result from the impact of the physical factors were studied using an X-ray diffractometer DRON-2M in air at 293 K using Cu K α radiation (λαCu = 1.5418 Å). A substantial growth of mechanical characteristics resulting from the film metallization, as compared to the pure film, was observed. The growth of the ultimate strength by Δσ = 105 MPa and the plasticity by Δɛ = 75% is connected with the characteristics of the change of structure of the metallized films and the chemical etching conditions. The electron irradiation of the metallized polyimide film worsens its elastic and strength characteristics due to the formation of new phases in the form of silver oxide in the coating. The concentration of these phases increased with increasing dose, which was also the result of the violation of the ordered material structure, namely, the rupture of polyimide macromolecule bonds and the formation of new phases of silver in the coating. A mathematical model was obtained that predicts the elastic properties of silver metallized polyimide films. This model agrees with the experimental data.

  8. Design Analysis and Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue of a Polyimide Composite for Combustion Chamber Support (United States)

    Thesken, J. C.; Melis, M.; Shin, E.; Sutter, J.; Burke, Chris


    Polyimide composites are being evaluated for use in lightweight support structures designed to preserve the ideal flow geometry within thin shell combustion chambers of future space launch propulsion systems. Principles of lightweight design and innovative manufacturing techniques have yielded a sandwich structure with an outer face sheet of carbon fiber polyimide matrix composite. While the continuous carbon fiber enables laminated skin of high specific stiffness; the polyimide matrix materials ensure that the rigidity and durability is maintained at operation temperatures of 316 C. Significant weight savings over all metal support structures are expected. The protypical structure is the result of ongoing collaboration, between Boeing and NASA-GRC seeking to introduce polyimide composites to the harsh environmental and loads familiar to space launch propulsion systems. Design trade analyses were carried out using relevant closed form solutions, approximations for sandwich beams/panels and finite element analysis. Analyses confirm the significant thermal stresses exist when combining materials whose coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) differ by a factor of about 10 for materials such as a polymer composite and metallic structures. The ramifications on design and manufacturing alternatives are reviewed and discussed. Due to stringent durability and safety requirements, serious consideration is being given to the synergistic effects of temperature and mechanical loads. The candidate structure operates at 316 C, about 80% of the glass transition temperature T(sub g). Earlier thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) investigations of chopped fiber polyimide composites made this near to T(sub g), showed that cyclic temperature and stress promoted excessive creep damage and strain accumulation. Here it is important to verify that such response is limited in continuous fiber laminates.

  9. Readily Made Solvated Electrons (United States)

    Ibanez, Jorge G.; Guerra-Millan, Francisco J.; Hugerat, Muhamad; Vazquez-Olavarrieta, Jorge L.; Basheer, Ahmad; Abu-Much, Riam


    The existence of solvated electrons has been known for a long time. Key methods for their production (i.e., photoionization of reducing ions, water radiolysis, and the reaction between H[middle dot] and OH[superscript -]) are unsuitable for most school laboratories. We describe a simple experiment to produce liquid ammonia and solvated electrons…

  10. Highly integrated flow assembly for automated dynamic extraction and determination of readily bioaccessible chromium(VI) in soils exploiting carbon nanoparticle-based solid-phase extraction

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    Rosende, Maria; Miro, Manuel; Cerda, Victor [University of the Balearic Islands, Department of Chemistry, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Segundo, Marcela A.; Lima, Jose L.F.C. [University of Porto, REQUIMTE, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Porto (Portugal)


    An automated dynamic leaching test integrated in a portable flow-based setup is herein proposed for reliable determination of readily bioaccessible Cr(VI) under worst-case scenarios in soils containing varying levels of contamination. The manifold is devised to accommodate bi-directional flow extraction followed by processing of extracts via either in-line clean-up/preconcentration using multi-walled carbon nanotubes or automatic dilution at will, along with Cr(VI) derivatization and flow-through spectrophotometric detection. The magnitude of readily mobilizable Cr(VI) pools was ascertained by resorting to water extraction as promulgated by current standard leaching tests. The role of carbon nanomaterials for the uptake of Cr(VI) in soil leachates and the configuration of the packed column integrated in the flow manifold were investigated in detail. The analytical performance of the proposed system for in vitro bioaccessibility tests was evaluated in chromium-enriched soils at environmentally relevant levels and in a standard reference soil material (SRM 2701) with a certified value of total hexavalent chromium. The automated method was proven to afford unbiased assessment of water-soluble Cr(VI) in soils as a result of the minimization of the chromium species transformation. By combination of the kinetic leaching profile and a first-order leaching model, the water-soluble Cr(VI) fraction in soils was determined in merely 6 h against >24 h taken in batchwise steady-state standard methods. (orig.)

  11. Pristine and thermally-rearranged gas separation membranes from novel o-hydroxyl-functionalized spirobifluorene-based polyimides

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    A novel o-hydroxyl-functionalized spirobifluorene-based diamine monomer, 2,2′-dihydroxyl-9,9′-spiro-bifluorene- 3,3′-diamine (HSBF), was successfully prepared by a universal synthetic method. Two o-hydroxyl-containing polyimides, denoted as 6FDA-HSBF and SPDA-HSBF, were synthesized and characterized. The BET surface areas of 6FDA-HSBF and SPDA-HSBF are 70 and 464 m2 g-1, respectively. To date, SPDA-HSBF exhibits the highest CO2 permeability (568 Barrer) among all hydroxyl-containing polyimides. The HSBF-based polyimides exhibited higher CO2/CH4 selectivity than their spirobifluorene (SBF) analogues (42 for 6FDA-HSBF vs. 27 for 6FDA-SBF) due to an increase in their diffusivity selectivity. Polybenzoxazole (PBO) membranes obtained from HSBF-based polyimide precursors by thermal rearrangement showed enhanced permeability but at the cost of significantly decreased selectivity.

  12. Correlations of norbornenyl crosslinked polyimide resin structures with resin thermo-oxidative stability, resin glass transition temperature and composite initial mechanical properties (United States)

    Alston, William B.


    PMR (polymerization of monomeric reactants) methodology was used to prepare 70 different polyimide oligomeric resins and 30 different unidirectional graphite fiber/polyimide composites. Monomeric composition as well as chain length between sites of crosslinks were varied to examine their effects on resin thermo-oxidative stability and glass transition temperature (Tg) of the cured/postcured resins. A linear correlation of decreasing 316 C resin weight loss/surface area versus (1) decreasing aliphatic content, or (2) increasing benzylic/aliphatic content stoichiometry ratio over a wide range of resin compositions was observed. An almost linear correlation of Tg versus molecular distance between the crosslinks was also observed. An attempt was made to correlate Tg with initial composite mechanical properties (flexural strength and interlaminar shear strength). However, the scatter in mechanical strength data prevented obtaining a clear correlation. Instead, only a range of composite mechanical properties was obtained at 25, 288, and 316 C. Perhaps more importantly, what did become apparent during the correlation study was (1) the PMR methodology could be used to prepare composites from resins containing a wide variety of monomer modifications, (2) that these composites almost invariably provided satisfactory initial mechanical properties as long as the resins formulated exhibited satisfactory processing flow, and (3) that PMR resins exhibited predictable rates of 316 C weight loss/surface area based on their benzylic/aliphatic stoichiometery ratio.

  13. A simple set for ıntrauterine fetal blood transfusion constructed by readily available materials in every clinic. (United States)

    Keskin, Uğur; Karasahin, Kazim Emre; Ulubay, Mustafa; Fidan, Ulaş; Gungor, Sadettin; Ergun, Ali


    Intrauterine fetal transfusion needs extensive experience and requires excellent eye-hand coordination, good equipment and experienced team workers to achieve success. While the needle is in the umbilical vein, an assistant withdraws and/or transfuses blood. The needle point should be kept still to prevent lacerations and dislodging. We propose a simple set for Intrauterine Fetal blood transfusion is constructed by readily available materials in every clinic to minimize needle tip movement and movements during syringe attachments and withdrawals during the intrauterine fetal transfusion. This makes possible to withdraw fetal blood sample, and to transfuse blood with minimal intervention.

  14. Growth and decay of surface voltage on silver diffused polyimide exposed to 3-15 keV electrons

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    Mahapatra, S K; Dhole, S D; Bhoraskar, V N [Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune-411007 (India)


    During electron irradiation, the growth in the surface voltage on virgin and silver diffused polyimide sample was studied by varying electron energy from 3 to 15 keV and beam diameter from 3 to 15 mm. At a constant beam current, the surface voltage increased nonlinearly with electron energy but decreased slowly with beam diameter at fixed electron energy. At a surface voltage around saturation or beyond 3 kV, the electron beam was switched off and the decay in the surface voltage was studied for a period of 9 x 10{sup 4} s. The surface analysis revealed that the relative concentrations of carbon increased and that of the oxygen and the nitrogen decreased in the electron irradiated virgin and silver diffused polyimide sample, however in different proportions. Under the identical conditions of electron irradiation, the growth rate of the surface voltage, the post irradiated surface resistivity and the voltage decay constant of the silver diffused polyimide were lower than that of the virgin polyimide. The results of the present study reveal that the resistance of the silver diffused polyimide to keV electrons is higher than that of the virgin polyimide.

  15. Enhanced propylene/propane separation by thermal annealing of an intrinsically microporous Hydroxyl-functionalized polyimide membrane

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    Swaidan, Ramy Jawdat


    Effective separation of propylene/propane is vital to the chemical industry where C3H6 is used as feedstock for a variety of important chemicals. The purity requirements are currently met with cryogenic distillation, which is an extremely energy-intensive process. Hybrid arrangements incorporating highly selective membranes (α>20) have been proposed to “debottleneck” the process and potentially improve the economics. Selective and permeable membranes can be obtained by the design of polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs). In this work, a 250 °C annealed polyimide (PIM-6FDA-OH) membrane produced among the highest reported pure-gas C3H6/C3H8 selectivity of 30 for a solution-processable polymer to date. The high selectivity resulted from enhanced diffusivity selectivity due to the formation of inter-chain charge-transfer-complexes. Although there were some inevitable losses in selectivity under 50:50 mixed-gas feed conditions due to competitive sorption, relatively high selectivities were preserved due to enhanced plasticization resistance.

  16. Synaptotagmin-1 and -7 Are Redundantly Essential for Maintaining the Capacity of the Readily-Releasable Pool of Synaptic Vesicles.

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    Taulant Bacaj


    Full Text Available In forebrain neurons, Ca(2+ triggers exocytosis of readily releasable vesicles by binding to synaptotagmin-1 and -7, thereby inducing fast and slow vesicle exocytosis, respectively. Loss-of-function of synaptotagmin-1 or -7 selectively impairs the fast and slow phase of release, respectively, but does not change the size of the readily-releasable pool (RRP of vesicles as measured by stimulation of release with hypertonic sucrose, or alter the rate of vesicle priming into the RRP. Here we show, however, that simultaneous loss-of-function of both synaptotagmin-1 and -7 dramatically decreased the capacity of the RRP, again without altering the rate of vesicle priming into the RRP. Either synaptotagmin-1 or -7 was sufficient to rescue the RRP size in neurons lacking both synaptotagmin-1 and -7. Although maintenance of RRP size was Ca(2+-independent, mutations in Ca(2+-binding sequences of synaptotagmin-1 or synaptotagmin-7--which are contained in flexible top-loop sequences of their C2 domains--blocked the ability of these synaptotagmins to maintain the RRP size. Both synaptotagmins bound to SNARE complexes; SNARE complex binding was reduced by the top-loop mutations that impaired RRP maintenance. Thus, synaptotagmin-1 and -7 perform redundant functions in maintaining the capacity of the RRP in addition to nonredundant functions in the Ca(2+ triggering of different phases of release.

  17. Formation of separating layers under conditions of the thermal aging of sorbents modified by fluorinated polyimide (United States)

    Yakovleva, E. Yu.; Shundrina, I. K.; Gerasimov, E. Yu.; Vaganova, T. A.


    Thermogravimetry, elemental analysis, low-temperature nitrogen adsorption, high-resolution electron microscopy, and gas chromatography are used to study the effect of the content of perfluorinated polyimide when used as a stationary phase for modifying Chromosorb P NAW diatomite supports and aluminum oxide, and the effect of thermal aging conditions on changes in their texture and chromatographic characteristics. It is shown that Chromosorb P NAW + 5 wt % of polyimide (PI) adsorbent thermally aged at 700°C in a flow of inert gas exhibits properties of carbon molecular sieves, while aluminum oxide impregnated with 10 wt % of PI and thermally aged at 250°C allows us to selectively separate permanent and organic gases, as well separate saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons.

  18. Optical properties of polyimides films treated by nanosecond pulsed electrical discharges in water (United States)

    Sava, Ion; Kruth, Angela; Kolb, Juergen F.; Miron, Camelia


    Fluorinated polyimide films containing cobalt chloride based on hexafluoroisopropylidenediphthalic dianhydride and 4,4‧-diamino-3,3‧-dimethyl diphenylmethane were treated by nanosecond pulsed electrical discharges generated in distilled water. The polyimide films have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and contact angle measurements, optical transmission spectroscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Significant changes in some intrinsic fluorescence features, such as the intensity and position of the emission peak, have been observed during exposure to water plasma. These effects have been considered to correlate with the development of specific chemical interactions between the liquid and the macromolecules, including the formation of hydrogen bridges. A slight increase in surface hydrophobicity was observed after plasma treatment. FTIR spectra showed a decrease in the intensity of the absorption band and an opening of the imide ring, depending on the treatment time.

  19. Branched Rod-Coil Polyimide-Poly(Alkylene Oxide) Copolymers and Electrolyte Compositions (United States)

    Meador, Maryann B. (Inventor); Tigelaar, Dean M. (Inventor)


    Crosslinked polyimide-poly(alkylene oxide) copolymers capable of holding large volumes of liquid while maintaining good dimensional stability. Copolymers are derived at ambient temperatures from amine endcapped amic-acid oligomers subsequently imidized in solution at increased temperatures, followed by reaction with trifunctional compounds in the presence of various additives. Films of these copolymers hold over four times their weight at room temperature of liquids such as ionic liquids (RTIL) and/or carbonate solvents. These rod-coil polyimide copolymers are used to prepare polymeric electrolytes by adding to the copolymers various amounts of compounds such as ionic liquids (RTIL), lithium trifluoromethane-sulfonimide (LiTFSi) or other lithium salts, and alumina.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured sulfonated polyimides for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (United States)

    Zou, Lijun

    Sulfonated polyimides (SPI) are considered to be good candidates for proton exchange membranes (PEMs) since they exhibit high strength, good film-forming ability, chemical resistance, thermal stability, and, in their hydrated state, relatively high proton conductivity. Despite intense research in the area of SPIs, fundamental investigations of hydrophilic/hydrophobic phase segregation and studies of humidity dependent morphologies are scarce. In an effort to influence the order and distribution of ionic groups in rigid-rod SPIs and to understand the interrelationships between morphology, hydration and proton conductivity, two novel model systems of SPI polymers containing hydrophobic polysiloxane (SPI-PSX) and hydrophilic silica nanoparticles (SPI-Si) were developed. The first model system of sulfonated polyimide containing hydrophobic polysiloxane segmented copolymers was prepared by a one-pot synthesis. SPI-PSX materials were evaluated using 1H NMR, size-exclusion chromatography. The presence of ion-containing diamines in the reaction mixture was found to inhibit stoichiometric incorporation of hydrophobic siloxane segments. Siloxane segments were found to lower the thermal stability of the polyimide host. Equilibrium water sorption studies of free standing films of copolymers with and without siloxane segments show that the presence of siloxane segments does not interfere with water swelling, which suggests a microphase-segregated morphology may exist. TEM and SAXS analyses show evidence of phase-segregation in sulfonated polyimides and reveal that siloxane segments strongly affect ionic clustering. However, proton conductivity only changes slightly when polysiloxane segments are incorporated. Sulfonated polyimides containing hydrophilic silica nanoparticles is our second model system developed for stabilizing the dispersed morphologies to promote proton conductivity. SPI-Si nanocomposites were prepared by a pre-polymer of anhydride-terminated sulfonated

  1. Graphite/Polyimide Composites Subjected to Biaxial Loads at Elevated Temperatures (United States)

    Kumosa, Maciej S.; Sutter, J. K.


    First, we will review our most important research accomplishments from a five year study concerned with the prediction of mechanical properties of unidirectional and woven graphite/polyimide composites based on T650-35, M40J and M60J fibers embedded in either PMR-15 or PMR-II-50 polyimide resins. Then, an aging model recently developed for the composites aged in nitrogen will be proposed and experimentally verified on an eight harness satin (8HS) woven T650-35/PMR-15 composite aged in nitrogen at 315 C for up to 1500 hours. The study was supported jointly between 1999 and 2005 by the AFOSR, the NASA Glenn Research Center, and the National Science Foundation.

  2. Degradation of Mechanical Properties of Spacecraft Polyimide Film Exposed to Radiation Environments (United States)

    Zicai, Shen; Yuming, Liu; Weiquan, Feng; Chunqing, Zhao; Yigang, Ding

    Polyimide films are widely used in spacecraft, but their mechanical properties would degrade in radiation environments that include electrons, protons, atomic oxygen, near ultraviolet or far ultraviolet, etc. Implications of using polyimide films in spacecraft are reviewed in this paper. The degradation of mechanical properties of Kapton film exposed to electrons and far ultraviolet radiation environments were studied. It is known that the tensile strength and the rupture elongation of Kapton film decrease with the increase of the tensile deformation rate and the electron and far ultraviolet radiation. The far ultraviolet radiation will cause the rupture and cross linkage of molecular bonds in the film, deoxidation of C-CO, denitrification of C-N. The increase of C-H percentage is attributed mainly to the mechanical property degradation of Kapton film under far ultraviolet irradiation.

  3. An investigation into the improvement of adhesive strength of polyimides by incorporation of elastomeric nanoparticles. (United States)

    Khoee, Sepideh; Mahdavian, Ali Reza; Bairamy, Warahram; Ashjari, Mohsen


    Copoly(styrene-butyl acrylate-ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate) (St-BA-EGDMA) nanoparticles were prepared using miniemulsion polymerization technique. Then the dispersed nanoparticles in DMAc were added to in situ condensation polymerization media of pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and oxydianiline (ODA) and consequently, homogenous polyamic acid solution containing the nanoparticles was obtained. Novel polymer-polymer nanocomposites were prepared by casting of PMDA-ODA polyamic acid solution with various content of the above elastomeric nanoparticle (ENP) on a glass plate followed by thermal imidization. All samples were characterized after preparation by FT-IR spectroscopy, transition electron microscopy (TEM), thermal gravimetry analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetery (DSC). To investigate the adhesion strength of polyimides filled with (St-BA-EGDMA) nanoparticles, lap shear strength (LSS) test was examined on different metallic surfaces. Effect of nanoparticles content on the adhesion properties of this polymer was considerable for aluminum surface. Lap-shear strength and adhesive energy of the bonded samples were found to initially increase with the increase in ENP wt%, but decrease after a critical value. It was shown that by increasing the nanoparticles amount up to 25 wt%, the adhesion strength of polyimides increased due to the good wetability of surfaces. After that and by increasing the nanoparticles amount, the adhesion strength decreased according to the diminished strength between polyimide chains. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) micrographs of the fractured surfaces were taken to determine the failure mode. They showed that by increasing the nanoparticle content in the polyimide matrix, failure mode was converted from adhesion failure to cohesion one.

  4. Ultra-microporous triptycene-based polyimide membranes for high-performance gas separation

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    Ghanem, Bader


    A highly permeable and highly selective polyimide of intrinsic microporosity is prepared using a 9,10-diisopropyl-triptycene contortion center. The three-dimensionality and shape-persistence of triptycene afford exceptional sieving-based gas separation performance transcending the latest permeability/selectivity trade-offs for industrial gas separations involving oxygen and hydrogen. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Harnessing Three Dimensional Anatomy of Graphene Foam to Induce Superior Damping in Hierarchical Polyimide Nanostructures. (United States)

    Nautiyal, Pranjal; Boesl, Benjamin; Agarwal, Arvind


    Graphene foam-based hierarchical polyimide composites with nanoengineered interface are fabricated in this study. Damping behavior of graphene foam is probed for the first time. Multiscale mechanisms contribute to highly impressive damping in graphene foam. Rippling, spring-like interlayer van der Waals interactions and flexing of graphene foam branches are believed to be responsible for damping at the intrinsic, interlayer and anatomical scales, respectively. Merely 1.5 wt% graphene foam addition to the polyimide matrix leads to as high as ≈300% improvement in loss tangent. Graphene nanoplatelets are employed to improve polymer-foam interfacial adhesion by arresting polymer shrinkage during imidization and π-π interactions between nanoplatelets and foam walls. As a result, damping behavior is further improved due to effective stress transfer from the polymer matrix to the foam. Thermo-oxidative stability of these nanocomposites is investigated by exposing the specimens to glass transition temperature of the polyimide (≈400 °C). The composites are found to retain their damping characteristics even after being subjected to such extreme temperature, attesting their suitability in high temperature structural applications. Their unique hierarchical nanostructure provides colossal opportunity to engineer and program material properties. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Tuning the adhesion between polyimide substrate and MWCNTs/epoxy nanocomposite by surface treatment (United States)

    Bouhamed, Ayda; Kia, Alireza Mohammadian; Naifar, Slim; Dzhagan, Volodymyr; Müller, Christian; Zahn, Dietrich R. T.; Choura, Slim; Kanoun, Olfa


    MWCNTs/epoxy nanocomposite thin films are coated on the polyimide (PI) flexible substrate, to be used as a strain sensor. Previous studies showed that the adhesion between polyimide and other materials are very poor. In this work, two approaches, oxygen plasma cleaning and simple solvent cleaning are performed for activation of the polyimide surface. In order to understand the impact of both cleaning techniques, the physicochemical properties of PI are measured and characterized using contact angle measurements (CAMs), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). In addition, the adhesion properties of PI/[MWCNTs/epoxy] systems by varying surface treatment time are investigated and evaluated using force-distance measurements by AFM. The results illustrate that the activated surface exhibits higher surface energy for oxygen plasma cleaning in comparison with the solvent cleaning method. The improvement can be related to the increase of oxygen concentration, which is accompanied by the enhancement of the polar component to 53.79 mN/m due to the formation of functional groups on the surface and the change of the substrate surface roughness from 1.72 nm to 15.5 nm. As a result, improved adhesion was observed from force-distance measurement between PI/[MWCNTs/epoxy] systems due to oxygen plasma effects.

  7. Mechanical response of two polyimides through coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations (United States)

    Sudarkodi, V.; Sooraj, K.; Nair, Nisanth N.; Basu, Sumit; Parandekar, Priya V.; Sinha, Nishant K.; Prakash, Om; Tsotsis, Tom


    Coarse-grained molecular dynamics (MD) simulations allow us to predict the mechanical responses of polymers, starting merely with a description of their molecular architectures. It is interesting to ask whether, given two competing molecular architectures, coarse-grained MD simulations can predict the differences that can be expected in their mechanical responses. We have studied two crosslinked polyimides PMR15 and HFPE52—both used in high- temperature applications—to assess whether the subtle differences in their uniaxial stress–strain responses, revealed by experiments, can be reproduced by carefully coarse-grained MD models. The coarse graining procedure for PMR15 is outlined in this work, while the coarse grain forcefields for HFPE52 are borrowed from an earlier one (Pandiyan et al 2015 Macromol. Theory Simul. 24 513–20). We show that the stress–strain responses of both these polyimides are qualitatively reproduced, and important insights into their deformation and failure mechanisms are obtained. More importantly, the differences in the molecular architecture between the polyimides carry over to the differences in the stress–strain responses in a manner that parallels the experimental results. A critical assessment of the successes and shortcomings of predicting mechanical responses through coarse-grained MD simulations has been made.

  8. Electroless plating preparation and electromagnetic properties of Co-coated carbonyl iron particles/polyimide composite (United States)

    Zhou, Yingying; Zhou, Wancheng; Li, Rong; Qing, Yuchang; Luo, Fa; Zhu, Dongmei


    To solve the serious electromagnetic interference problems at elevated temperature, one thin microwave-absorbing sheet employing Co-coated carbonyl iron particles and polyimide was prepared. The Co-coated carbonyl iron particles were successfully prepared using an electroless plating method. The microstructure, composition, phase and static magnetic properties of Co-coated carbonyl iron particles were characterized by combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The electromagnetic parameters of Co-coated carbonyl iron particles/polyimide composite were measured in the frequency range of 2-18 GHz, and the electromagnetic loss mechanism of the material-obtained was discussed. The microwave absorption properties of composites before and after heat treatment at 300 °C for 100 h were characterized in 2-18 GHz frequency range. It was established that composites based on Co-coated carbonyl iron demonstrate thermomagnetic stability, indicating that Co coating reduces the oxidation of carbonyl iron. Thus, Co-coated carbonyl iron particles/polyimide composites are useful in the design of microwave absorbers operating at temperatures up to 300 °C.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of polyimide thin films obtained by thermal evaporation and solid state reaction

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    Full Text Available In this research polyimide films were prepared by physical vapor deposition (PVD, using solid state reaction of pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA and p-phenylene diamine (PDA to form poly(amic acid (PAA films. The resultant films were converted to polyimide by thermal treatment, usually below 300 °C. For this study, a FT-IR spectrometer has been used to measure the effect of imidization temperature on the chemical structure of the vapor-deposited thin films of aromatic PI. When temperature increased, an increase in all absorption peaks was observed. This suggests that residual PAA monomers continued to be converted into PI. The surface topology of the PI films obtained at imidization temperatures of 150, 200, 250 °C for 1 hour was further examined by using AFM atomic force microscopy. It can be clearly seen that the surface became rougher with increasing imidization temperature. The thermal stability of polyimide was also studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA.

  10. Superparamagnetic polyimide/{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite films: Preparation and characterization

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    Zhan Jiayu; Tian Guofeng; Jiang Lizhong; Wu Zhanpeng [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Wu Dezhen [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)], E-mail:; Yang Xiaoping; Jin Riguang [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)


    Polyimide/{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite films with superparamagnetic behavior have been prepared by thermal curing of the magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles-containing poly(amic acid) (PAA) derived from pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 4,4'-oxydianiline (4,4'-ODA) in N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc). To improve the dispersion of the doped nanoparticles, the amine-functionalized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles reacted with the PMDA dianhydride in DMAc firstly, and then polymerization was carried out by adding 4,4'-ODA and then PMDA to form the PAA-grafted magnetic particles. Thermal treatment of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-doped precursor film converted the PAA into its final polyimide form with concomitant transformation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} into {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, yielding a polyimide film with superparamagnetic behavior. The distribution of nanoparticles in the polymer matrix was investigated by transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The nanoparticles and composite films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetic and mechanical measurement.

  11. Formation of hierarchical porous graphene films with defects using a nanosecond laser on polyimide sheet (United States)

    Wang, Fangcheng; Wang, Kedian; Dong, Xia; Mei, Xuesong; Zhai, Zhaoyang; Zheng, Buxiang; Lv, Jing; Duan, Wenqiang; Wang, Wenjun


    The cost of effective preparation of graphene-based nanomaterials is a challenge in high-performance flexible electrodes. We demonstrated the formation of hierarchical porous graphene (HPG) films with defects from polyimide (PI) sheets using a high repetition rate nanosecond fiber laser. The honeycomb structure with mesopores and macropores can be rapidly induced on the polyimide by the localized focused laser beam in air atmosphere. Employing laser direct writing method, the one-step synthesis and patterning of conductive HPG films were achieved directly on the surface of polyimide sheets. The results show that the unique honeycomb porous structure on HPG film is composed of few-layer graphene or graphene stacks. The lattice structure of graphene nanoplatelets contains the Stone-Wales defects. Furthermore, there are a lot of small-size graphene nanoplatelets on the surface of HPG films with high content of edge defects. These two defects can not only enhance the adsorption without compromising on high diffusivity of ions, but also contribute to the infiltration and flow of electrolyte on the surface of electrode. The proposed one-step laser direct writing technique with highly valuable suitable for developing large-scale fabrication of conductive HPG based flexible electrodes at low-cost.

  12. Feasibility of microelectrode array (MEA) based on silicone-polyimide hybrid for retina prosthesis. (United States)

    Kim, Eui Tae; Kim, Cinoo; Lee, Seung Woo; Seo, Jong-Mo; Chung, Hum; Kim, Sung June


    To adopt micropatterning technology in manufacturing silicone elastomer-based microelectrode arrays for retinal stimulation, a silicone-polyimide hybrid microelectrode array was proposed and tested in vivo. Gold microelectrodes were created by semiconductor manufacturing technology based on polyimide and were hybridized with silicone elastomer by spin coating. The stability of the hybrid between the two materials was flex and blister tested. The feasibility of the hybrid electrode was evaluated in the rabbit eye by reviewing optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings after suprachoroidal implantation. The flex test showed no dehiscence between the two materials for 24 hours of alternative flexion and extension from -45.0 degrees to +45.0 degrees . During the blister test, delamination was observed at 8.33 +/- 1.36 psi of pressure stress; however, this property was improved to 11.50 +/- 1.04 psi by oxygen plasma treatment before hybridization. OCT examination revealed that the implanted electrodes were safely located in the suprachoroidal space during the 4-week follow-up period. The silicone-polyimide hybrid microelectrode array showed moderate physical properties, which are suitable for in vivo application. Appropriate pretreatment before hybridization improved electrode stability. In vivo testing indicated that this electrode is suitable as a stimulation electrode in artificial retina.

  13. Improved antifouling performance of ultrafiltration membrane via preparing novel zwitterionic polyimide (United States)

    Huang, Haitao; Yu, Jiayu; Guo, Hanxiang; Shen, Yibo; Yang, Fan; Wang, Han; Liu, Rong; Liu, Yang


    On the basis of the outstanding fouling resistance of zwitterionic polymers, an antifouling ultrafiltration membrane was fabricated through phase inversion induced by immersion precipitation method, directly using the novel zwitterionic polyimide (Z-PI), which was synthesized via a two-step procedure including polycondensation and quaternary amination reaction, as membrane material. The chemical structure and composition of the obtained polymer were confirmed by using FTIR, 1H NMR and XPS analysis, and its thermal stability was thoroughly characterized by TGA measurement, respectively. The introduction of zwitterionic groups into polyimide could effectively increase membrane pore size, porosity and wettability, and convert the membrane surface from hydrophobic to highly hydrophilic. As a result, Z-PI membrane displayed significantly improved water permeability compared with that of the reference polyimide (R-PI) membrane without having an obvious compromise in protein rejection. According to the static adsorption and dynamic cycle ultrafiltration experiments of bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution, Z-PI membrane exhibited better fouling resistant ability, especially irreversible fouling resistant ability, suggesting superior antifouling property and long-term performance stability. Moreover, Z-PI membrane had a water flux recovery ratio of 93.7% after three cycle of BSA solution filtration, whereas only about 68.5% was obtained for the control R-PI membrane. These findings demonstrated the advantages of Z-PI membrane material and aimed to provide a facile and scalable method for the large-scale preparation of low fouling ultrafiltration membranes for potential applications.

  14. Flexible Polyimide Aerogel Cross-linked by Poly(maleic Anhydride-alt-alkylene) (United States)

    Guo, Haiquan; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Wilkewitz, Brittany Marie


    Aerogels are potential materials for aerospace applications due to their lower thermal conductivity, lighter weight, and low dielectric constant. However, silica aerogels are restricted due to their inherent fragility, hygroscopic nature, and poor mechanical properties, especially in extreme aerospace environments. In order to fit the needs of aerospace applications, developing new thermal insulation materials that are flexible, and moisture resistant is needed. To this end, we fabricated a series of polyimide aerogels crosslinked with different poly(maleic anhydride-alt-alkylene)s as seen in Scheme 1. The polyimide oligomers were made with 3,3,4,4-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA), and different diamines or diamine combinations. The resulting aerogels have low density (0.06 gcm3 to 0.16 gcm3) and high surface area (240-440 m2g). The effect of the different backbone structures on density, shrinkage, porosity, surface area, mechanical properties, moisture resistance and thermal properties will be discussed. These novel polyalkylene-imide aerogels may be potential candidates for applications such as space suit insulation for planetary surface missions, insulation for inflatable structures for habitats, inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for entry, descent and landing (EDL) operations, and cryotank insulation for advance space propulsion systems. Scheme 1. Network of polyimide aerogels crosslinked with deifferent poly(maleic anhydride).

  15. Crack-resistant polyimide coating for high-capacity battery anodes (United States)

    Li, Yingshun; Wang, Shuo; Lee, Pui-Kit; He, Jieqing; Yu, Denis Y. W.


    Electrode cracking is a serious problem that hinders the application of many next-generation high-capacity anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Even though nano-sizing the material can reduce fracturing of individual particles, capacity fading is still observed due to large volume change and loss of contact in the electrode during lithium insertion and extraction. In this study, we design a crack-resistant high-modulus polyimide coating with high compressive strength which can hold multiple particles together during charge and discharge to maintain contact. The effectiveness of the coating is demonstrated on tin dioxide, a high-capacity large-volume-change material that undergoes both alloy and conversion reactions. The polyimide coating improves capacity retention of SnO2 from 80% to 100% after 80 cycles at 250 mA g-1. Stable capacity of 585 mAh g-1 can be obtained even at 500 mA g-1 after 300 cycles. Scanning electron microscopy and in-situ dilatometry confirm that electrode cracking is suppressed and thickness change is reduced with the coating. In addition, the chemically-stable polyimide film can separate the surface from direct contact with electrolyte, improving coulombic efficiency to ∼100%. We expect the novel strategy of suppressing electrode degradation with a crack-resistant coating can also be used for other alloy and conversion-based anodes.

  16. Novel spirobifluorene- and dibromospirobifluorene-based polyimides of intrinsic microporosity for gas separation applications

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    Two series of novel intrinsically microporous polyimides were synthesized from 9,9′-spirobifluorene-2,2′-diamine (SBF) and its bromine-substituted analogue 3,3′-dibromo-9,9′-spirobifluorene-2, 2′-diamine (BSBF) with three different dianhydrides (6FDA, PMDA, and SPDA). All polymers exhibited high molecular weight, good solubility in common organic solvents, and high thermal stability. Bromine-substituted polyimides showed significantly increased gas permeabilities but slightly lower selectivities than the SBF-based polyimides. The CO2 permeability of PMDA-BSBF (693 Barrer) was 3.5 times as high as that of PMDA-SBF (197 Barrer), while its CO2/CH4 selectivity was similar (19 vs 22). Molecular simulations of PMDA-SBF and PMDA-BSBF repeat units indicate that the twist angle between the PMDA and fluorene plane changes from 0 in PMDA-SBF to 77.8 in PMDA-BSBF, which decreases the ability of the polymer to pack efficiently due to severe steric hindrance induced by the bromine side groups. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  17. Polyimides Based on Asymmetric Dianhydrides (II) (a-BPDA vs a-BTDA) for Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) (United States)

    Chuang, Kathy C.; Criss, Jim M.; Mintz, Eric A.


    A new series of low-melt viscosity imide resins (10-20 poise at 280 C) were formulated from asymmetric 2,3,3',4' -benzophenone dianhydride (a-BTDA) and 4-phenylethynylphthalic endcaps, along with 3,4' -oxydianiline, 3,3' -methylenedianiline and 3,3'- diaminobenzophenone, using a solvent-free melt process. a-BTDA RTM resins exhibited higher glass transition temperatures (Tg's = 330-400 C) compared to those prepared by asymmetric 2,3,3',4' -biphenyl dianhydride, (a-BPDA, Tg's = 320-370 C). These low-melt viscosity imide resins were fabricated into polyimide/T650-35 carbon fiber composites by a RTM process. Composites properties of a-BTDA resins, such as open-hole compression and short-beam shear strength, are compared to those of composites made from a-BPDA based resin at room temperature, 288 C and 315 C. These novel, high temperature RTM imide resins exhibit outstanding properties beyond the performance of conventional RTM resins, such as epoxy and BMI resins which have use-temperatures around 177 C and 232 C for aerospace applications.

  18. ELKS controls the pool of readily releasable vesicles at excitatory synapses through its N-terminal coiled-coil domains. (United States)

    Held, Richard G; Liu, Changliang; Kaeser, Pascal S


    In a presynaptic nerve terminal, synaptic strength is determined by the pool of readily releasable vesicles (RRP) and the probability of release (P) of each RRP vesicle. These parameters are controlled at the active zone and vary across synapses, but how such synapse specific control is achieved is not understood. ELKS proteins are enriched at vertebrate active zones and enhance P at inhibitory hippocampal synapses, but ELKS functions at excitatory synapses are not known. Studying conditional knockout mice for ELKS, we find that ELKS enhances the RRP at excitatory synapses without affecting P. Surprisingly, ELKS C-terminal sequences, which interact with RIM, are dispensable for RRP enhancement. Instead, the N-terminal ELKS coiled-coil domains that bind to Liprin-α and Bassoon are necessary to control RRP. Thus, ELKS removal has differential, synapse-specific effects on RRP and P, and our findings establish important roles for ELKS N-terminal domains in synaptic vesicle priming.

  19. Affordable self-regulating irrigation device for microsurgery using readily available malleable wire and a Silastic tube: a technical note. (United States)

    Chung, Yeongu; Lee, Sung Ho; Ryu, Jiwook; Lee, Jun Ho; Choi, Seok Keun


    A relevant irrigating and flushing maneuver during cerebral microsurgical procedures allows for a neat and optimal operative field. However, when operating on the deep region of the brain, a delicately created slim surgical corridor could unintentionally hinder the assisting surgeon from properly performing this routine maneuver. To address this problem, the authors devised a useful and convenient irrigation system that can be used during cerebral microsurgery. This system only necessitates a readily available silastic feeding tube and a malleable wire. The advantages of our devised system include the convenience of free molding, good endurance of the molded contour, and easy control over the amount of irrigation. In this report, the authors demonstrated technical tips for using this newly devised system.

  20. The use of a black pigment polyimide, DARC300, as a light absorber on an optical sensor (United States)

    Gehoski, K. A.; Holm, P. M.; Boggess, K. A.; Scott, C. J.


    In the design and fabrication of arrayed opto-electronic detection devices, it is critical to provide optical isolation between the individual array cells to prevent optical crosstalk between channels and contribution from stray light that would otherwise result in degraded signal-to-noise performance. To accomplish this, the light incident between the cells' optical apertures and around the periphery of the array must be blocked from entering the active semiconductor layers. One approach has been to use an opaque layer of metal, but this can lead to reflections and light trapping and ultimate absorption of this stray light in device active regions. Another approach is to use an absorbing material to block stray light. DARC300, a registered trademark of Brewer Science, is an optically absorbing, photo-definable polyimide designed for exactly this purpose. Presented here are the results of the DARC300 blocking layers, including a review of the process development and issues addressed along the way. The most prevalent issues with the DARC300 were the remnants of black pigments after develop, and the insufficiently developed features. A normalized spectral response of a 4-channel, fixed cavity, Fabry-Perot micro spectrometers, with and without the optical blocking layer between cells and around the periphery of the array are shown to greatly enhance device performance with the use of the DARC300 layer.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of novel triptycene dianhydrides and polyimides of intrinsic microporosity based on 3,3ʹ-dimethylnaphthidine

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    Ghanem, Bader


    Two intrinsically microporous polyimides were obtained by high-temperature, one-pot poly-condensation reaction of novel triptycene-based dianhydrides containing dimethyl- or diisopropyl-bridgehead groups with a commercially available highly sterically hindered 3,3 \\'-dimethylnaphthidine (DMN) diamine monomer. The dimethyl bridgehead groups in the triptycene building block provided the DMN-based polyimide (TDA1-DMN) with larger surface area (760 m(2) g(-1)) than the diisopropyl-based polyimide (TDA1-DMN) (680 m(2) g(-1)), greater fraction of ultramicroporosity, as observed from N-2 and CO2 NLDFT adsorption analysis, and higher gas permeability and selectivity. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) measurements demonstrated that TDA1-DMN and TDAi3-DMN exhibited a bimodal pore size distribution, where TDA1-DMN showed smaller d-spacing values and broader intensity peaks. Both TDADMN-based polyimides showed very high gas permeabilities with moderate selectivities. For example, fresh TDA1-DMN exhibited an O-2 permeability of 783 Barrer coupled with an O-2/N-2 selectivity of 4.3 and H-2 permeability of 3050 Barrer with H-2/N-2 selectivity of 16.7, values that surpassed the 2008 Robeson permeability/selectivity upper bounds. Physical aging of the TDA-DMN polyimide films over a period of 250 days showed relatively small changes in permeability (similar to 20%) and selectivity (similar to 5%). (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. The effect of masterbatch technique on the properties of the unsaturated polyester filled with P84 polyimide and MWCNT hybrid composites (United States)

    Ibrahim, Nik Noor Idayu Nik; Romli, Ahmad Zafir; Mamauod, Siti Nur Liyana


    The masterbatch technique was developed in this study for the purpose of reducing the production time where the powder P84 Polyimide was "coated" with liquid MEKP prior to the addition into the unsaturated polyester resin. In our previous research, the interaction of masterbatch P84 Polyimide in unsaturated polyester as a single filler resulted in better tensile strength and strain at break compared to the samples prepared through standard technique. As in hybrid filler composites, between P84 Polyimide with MWCNT, the tensile strength and strain at break reduced while the tensile modulus increased. The density result showed that the masterbatch technique samples exhibited lower void content than the standard technique samples. The presence of a layer of peroxide on the surface of P84 Polyimide particles resulted in the stronger filler-filler interaction. This stronger filler-filler interaction between the particles of P84 Polyimide and MWCNT chains had produced more compact structure which leads to the lower void content. The observation using the optical microscope identified that in the hybrid composites, the particles of P84 Polyimide became black instead of yellow. This might be due to the chains of MWCNT that wrapped around the P84 Polyimide particles since the presence of a peroxide layer on the surface of P84 Polyimide attracted the MWCNT chains closer toward it.

  3. A Readily Available, Inexpensive, and Reusable Simulation Model for Teaching Ultrasound-Guided Abscess Identification and Drainage. (United States)

    Augenstein, Julie A; Yoshida, Hiromi; Lo, Mark D; Solari, Patrick


    The use of point-of-care ultrasonography as a noninvasive diagnostic tool for soft tissue infections has been shown to be superior to clinical judgment alone in determining the presence or absence of an occult abscess. As ultrasound-guided procedures become standard of care, there is an increasing demand to develop better and inexpensive simulation models to educate trainees. To date, there are no low-cost models for abscess simulation that can be constructed with minimal preparation time, be reused, and withstand multiple procedural attempts. To create an inexpensive, readily available, and reusable homemade ultrasound phantom that simulates a superficial soft tissue abscess and can be easily constructed. We experimented with precooked polenta to create a model that would appear similar to human soft tissue under ultrasound examination. Paintballs were embedded in the polenta and evaluated at different depths until a sonographically satisfactory phantom abscess model was obtained. The use of a precooked commercial polenta phantom and commercial paintballs required minimal preparation and closely replicated a superficial soft tissue abscess on ultrasonographic examination. Various paintball brands and sizes were evaluated to confirm ease of reproducibility. The polenta can be reshaped easily and the model may be punctured or incised multiple times. A homemade high-fidelity simulation phantom that simulates an abscess in superficial soft tissue can be made inexpensively in <5 min and reused for numerous trainees. This model allows for training for procedures such as ultrasound-guided abscess drainage. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  4. A novel approach for reduction of total acidity in kerosene based on alkaline rich materials readily available in tropical and

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    Full Text Available The inability of refineries in some nations globally to produce kerosene locally as an aviation fuel is due to its acidity. In this study the viability of selected alkaline rich ash materials (e.g. cocoa husk, cassava peels, etc. readily obtainable in tropical nations were examined for their ability to remove the acids. Fresh acidic kerosene samples were equilibrated with different ashes in predetermined ratios, filtered and characterized alongside with non-treated reference samples. Results revealed that the physicochemical properties of non-treated and treated kerosene remained the same except for conductivity, total acidity and micro-separation. The total acidity was reduced to a lowest limit than 0.015 mg KOH/g required. Treatment studies with specific masses of ashes and kerosene reduced acidity to approximately 0.00 mg KOH/g. Overall these alkaline source materials should be seen as a promising and alternative option in the systematic reduction of acidity in kerosene for aviation use.

  5. Prediction of diuretic response to tolvaptan by a simple, readily available spot urine Na/K ratio. (United States)

    Komiyama, Yasuyuki; Kurosaki, Masayuki; Nakanishi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Yuka; Itakura, Jun; Yasui, Yutaka; Tamaki, Nobuharu; Takada, Hitomi; Higuchi, Mayu; Gotou, Tomoyuki; Kubota, Youhei; Takaura, Kenta; Hayashi, Tsuguru; Oh, Wann; Okada, Mao; Enomoto, Nobuyuki; Izumi, Namiki


    Tolvaptan is vasopressin type 2 receptor antagonist that inhibits water reabsorption. It is used in combination with standard diuretics to treat ascites unresponsive to standard diuretic therapy or hyponatremia because of liver cirrhosis. This study evaluated the effectiveness and safety of tolvaptan in clinical practice and aimed to determine the factors related to its effectiveness. Tolvaptan was administered to 88 consecutive cirrhotic patients with ascites unresponsive to standard diuretic therapy. An effective treatment response was a ≥2% reduction in body weight on day 7. The association of patient pretreatment characteristics with therapeutic effects was analyzed. Mean weight reduction on day 7 of tolvaptan therapy was -2.9% ± 3.2%, and treatment was effective in 52% of patients. Multivariate analysis revealed that spot urine Na/K ratio ≥2.5 at baseline was the only factor independently related to therapeutic effect, with an odds ratio of 7.85 (95% confidence interval 2.64-23.40, p = 0.0002). Weight reduction percentage on day 7 was -4.0% ± 2.8% in patients with spot urine Na/K ≥2.5, which was significantly greater than the 0.7% ± 2.7% loss in those with urine Na/K tolvaptan therapy. It is simple to perform and readily available and might serve as an indicator of optimal timing of tolvaptan administration in patients with inadequate response to conventional Na diuretic therapy.

  6. Nano-structure of polyimide and poly(isobutyl methacrylate) monolayer films studied by interlayer electron transfer between porphyrin and pyromellitic diimide moieties

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    Ogi, Takeo [Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University Katsura, Kyoto, 615-8510 (Japan); Benten, Hiroaki [Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University Katsura, Kyoto, 615-8510 (Japan); Ito, Shinzaburo [Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University Katsura, Kyoto, 615-8510 (Japan)]. E-mail:


    Hetero-multilayers composed of porphyrin-containing poly(isobutyl methacrylate) (PiBMA) and polyimide (PI) monolayers were prepared by using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, and the interlayer electron transfer process from photo-excited porphyrins to pyromellitic diimide moieties in PI layers was observed by fluorescence spectroscopy. The efficiency of the electron transfer showed strong dependence on the number of PI layers, suggesting the presence of defects in the PI plane, which were filled with PI after the successive deposition of PI monolayers. The three-dimensional and two-dimensional active sphere models (Perrin model) well explained the interlayer electron transfer phenomena. We discussed the nano-structures of the multilayer films in terms of the thickness of each layer and the location of hydrophobic porphyrins in the PiBMA monolayer.

  7. Modeling of the viscoelastic behavior of a polyimide matrix at elevated temperature (United States)

    Crochon, Thibaut

    Use of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials (PMCMs) in aircraft engines requires materials able to withstand extreme service conditions, such as elevated temperatures, high mechanical loadings and an oxidative environment. In such an environment, the polymer matrix is likely to exhibit a viscoelastic behavior dependent on the mechanical loading and temperature. In addition, the combined effects of elevated temperature and the environment near the engines are likely to increase physical as well as chemical aging. These various parameters need to be taken into consideration for the designer to be able to predict the material behavior over the service life of the components. The main objective of this thesis was to study the viscoelastic behavior of a high temperature polyimide matrix and develop a constitutive theory able to predict the material behavior for every of service condition. Then, the model had to have to be implemented into commercially available finite-element software such as ABAQUS or ANSYS. Firstly, chemical aging of the material at service temperature was studied. To that end, a thermogravimetric analysis of the matrix was conducted on powder samples in air atmosphere. Two kinds of tests were performed: i) kinetic tests in which powder samples were heated at a constant rate until complete sublimation; ii) isothermal tests in which the samples were maintained at a constant temperature for 24 hours. The first tests were used to develop a degradation model, leading to an excellent fit of the experimental data. Then, the model was used to predict the isothermal data but which much less success, particularly for the lowest temperatures. At those temperatures, the chemical degradation was preceded by an oxidation phase which the model was not designed to predict. Other isothermal degradation tests were also performed on tensile tests samples instead of powders. Those tests were conducted at service temperature for a much longer period of time. The samples

  8. Separating direct and indirect effects of global change: a population dynamic modeling approach using readily available field data. (United States)

    Farrer, Emily C; Ashton, Isabel W; Knape, Jonas; Suding, Katharine N


    Two sources of complexity make predicting plant community response to global change particularly challenging. First, realistic global change scenarios involve multiple drivers of environmental change that can interact with one another to produce non-additive effects. Second, in addition to these direct effects, global change drivers can indirectly affect plants by modifying species interactions. In order to tackle both of these challenges, we propose a novel population modeling approach, requiring only measurements of abundance and climate over time. To demonstrate the applicability of this approach, we model population dynamics of eight abundant plant species in a multifactorial global change experiment in alpine tundra where we manipulated nitrogen, precipitation, and temperature over 7 years. We test whether indirect and interactive effects are important to population dynamics and whether explicitly incorporating species interactions can change predictions when models are forecast under future climate change scenarios. For three of the eight species, population dynamics were best explained by direct effect models, for one species neither direct nor indirect effects were important, and for the other four species indirect effects mattered. Overall, global change had negative effects on species population growth, although species responded to different global change drivers, and single-factor effects were slightly more common than interactive direct effects. When the fitted population dynamic models were extrapolated under changing climatic conditions to the end of the century, forecasts of community dynamics and diversity loss were largely similar using direct effect models that do not explicitly incorporate species interactions or best-fit models; however, inclusion of species interactions was important in refining the predictions for two of the species. The modeling approach proposed here is a powerful way of analyzing readily available datasets which should be

  9. Thin film growth into the ion track structures in polyimide by atomic layer deposition (United States)

    Mättö, L.; Malm, J.; Arstila, K.; Sajavaara, T.


    High-aspect ratio porous structures with controllable pore diameters and without a stiff substrate can be fabricated using the ion track technique. Atomic layer deposition is an ideal technique for depositing thin films and functional surfaces on complicated 3D structures due to the high conformality of the films. In this work, we studied Al2O3 and TiO2 films grown by ALD on pristine polyimide (Kapton HN) membranes as well as polyimide membranes etched in sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and boric acid (BO3) solution by means of RBS, PIXE, SEM-EDX and helium ion microcopy (HIM). The focus was on the first ALD growth cycles. The areal density of Al2O3 film in the 400 cycle sample was determined to be 51 ± 3 × 1016 at./cm2, corresponding to the thickness of 55 ± 3 nm. Furthermore, the growth per cycle was 1.4 Å/cycle. The growth is highly linear from the first cycles. In the case of TiO2, the growth per cycle is clearly slower during the first 200 cycles but then it increases significantly. The growth rate based on RBS measurements is 0.24 Å/cycle from 3 to 200 cycles and then 0.6 Å/cycle between 200 and 400 cycles. The final areal density of TiO2 film after 400 cycles is 148 ± 3 × 1015 at./cm2 which corresponds to the thickness of 17.4 ± 0.4 nm. The modification of the polyimide surface by etching prior to the deposition did not have an effect on the Al2O3 and TiO2 growth.

  10. 6 MeV pulsed electron beam induced surface and structural changes in polyimide

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    Mathakari, Narendra L.; Bhoraskar, Vasant N. [Microtron Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, Maharashtra (India); Dhole, Sanjay D., E-mail: sanjay@physics.unipune.ernet.i [Microtron Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, Maharashtra (India)


    Thin films of polyimide (PMDA-ODA, Kapton) having 50 mum thickness were irradiated with 6 MeV pulsed electron beam. The bulk and surface properties of pristine and irradiated samples were characterized by several techniques such as stress-strain measurements, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-vis spectroscopy, contact angle, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and profilometry. The tensile strength, percentage elongation and strain energy show an enhancement from pristine value of 73-89 MPa, 10-22% and 4.75-14.2 MJ/m{sup 3} respectively at the maximum fluence of 4 x 10{sup 15} electrons/cm{sup 2}. This signifies that polyimide being an excessively aromatic polymer is crosslinked due to high-energy electron irradiation. In surface properties, the contact angle shows a significant decrease from 59 deg. to 32 deg. indicating enhancement in hydrophilicity. This mainly attributes to surface roughening, which is due to the electron beam induced sputtering. The surface roughening is confirmed in AFM and profilometry measurements. The AFM images clearly show that surface roughness increases after electron irradiation. Moreover, the roughness average (R{sub a}) as measured from surface profilograms is found to increase from 0.06 to 0.1. The FTIR and UV-vis spectra do not show noticeable changes as regards to scissioning of bonds and the oxidation. This work leads to a definite conclusion that 6 MeV pulsed electron beam can be used to bring about desired changes in surface as well as bulk properties of polyimide, which is considered to be a high performance space quality polymer.

  11. Effect of Two Synthetic Methods of Polyimide/Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) Composites on Their Dielectric Properties (United States)

    Mao, Xin; Yang, Jie; Du, Lirong; Guo, Wenfeng; Li, Chengzhang; Tang, Xianzhong


    All-organic polyimide (PI)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) dielectric composites were fabricated via two synthesis methods. The dielectric and thermal properties of the PI/PVDF composites were investigated. The results indicated that the dielectric properties of the composites synthesized by these two methods were enhanced through the introduction of PVDF, and the composites exhibited excellent thermal stability. In addition, the composites prepared by solution blending exhibited superior dielectric properties and thermal properties compared with the composites prepared by in situ polymerization.

  12. Synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in polyimide (United States)

    Chung, Yoon; Lim, Sung K.; Kim, C. K.; Kim, Young-Ho; Yoon, C. S.


    A mono-layer of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in a polyimide (PI) matrix was fabricated by oxidizing Fe metal film between two PI precursor layers. There was a critical Fe thickness (~7nm) above which a continuous layer of γ-Fe2O3 film was formed in the PI film. Below the critical Fe thickness, the oxide film broke up into fine particles whose size was ~10nm with narrow size distribution. This method offers a unique way of covering a large surface area with fine magnetic oxide nanoparticles for a potential application in high-density data storage media.

  13. Bias stress instability of double-gate a-IGZO TFTs on polyimide substrate (United States)

    Cho, Won-Ju; Ahn, Min-Ju


    In this study, flexible double-gate thin-film transistor (TFT)-based amorphous indium-galliumzinc- oxide (a-IGZO) was fabricated on a polyimide substrate. Double-gate operation with connected front and back gates was compared with a single-gate operation. As a result, the double-gate a- IGZO TFT exhibited enhanced electrical characteristics as well as improved long-term reliability. Under positive- and negative-bias temperature stress, the threshold voltage shift of the double-gate operation was much smaller than that of the single-gate operation.

  14. Laser printed graphene on polyimide electrodes for magnetohydrodynamic pumping of saline fluids

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    Khan, Mohammed Asadullah


    An efficient, scalable pumping device is reported that avoids moving parts and is fabricated with a cost-effective method. The magnetohydrodynamic pump has electrodes facilely made by laser printing of polyimide. The electrodes exhibit a low sheet resistance of 22.75 Ω/square. The pump is implemented in a channel of 240 mm2 cross-section and has an electrode length of 5 mm. When powered by 7.3 V and 12.43 mA/cm2, it produces 13.02 mm/s flow velocity.

  15. Organic/inorganic-polyimide nanohybrid materials for advanced opto-electronic applications (United States)

    Ando, Shinji


    Nano-hybridization techniques based on the pyrolytic reactions of organo-soluble metallic precursors dissolved in poly(amic acid)s followed by spontaneous precipitation of metal/inorganic nano-particles in solid polyimide (PI) films is facile and effective for functionalization of PI optical and electronic materials. The organic/inorganinc PI nanohybrid materials, which were recently developed by the authors, having a variety of functionalities such as a) high refractive indices, b) low refractive indices, c) controlled thermo-optical property and its anisotropy, d) high polarizing property, and e) high thermal conductivity are reviewed with future prospects on their advanced opto-electronic applications.

  16. Processing of Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Josephson Edge Junctions (United States)

    Kleinsasser, A. W.; Barner, J. B.


    The electrical behavior of epitaxial superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) Josephson edge junctions is strongly affected by processing conditions. Ex-situ processes, utilizing photoresist and polyimide/photoresist mask layers, are employed for ion milling edges for junctions with Yttrium-Barium-Copper-Oxide (YBCO) electrodes and primarily Co-doped YBCO interlayers.

  17. An IC-compatible polyimide pressure sensor with capacitive readout

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    Pedersen, M.; Meijerink, M.G.H.; Olthuis, Wouter; Bergveld, Piet


    A capacitive differential pressure sensor has been developed. The process used for the fabrication of the sensor is IC-compatible, meaning that the device potentially can be integrated on one chip with a suitable signal-conditioning circuit. A sensor for a differential pressure of ±1 bar has been

  18. Polyimide ultrafiltration membranes for non-aqueous systems

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    Beerlage, Monique Anne Marie


    Polymeric ultrafiltration membranes have already been employed in numerous aqueous separation processes. On the other hand, the number of non-aqueous applications is still rather limited. This is mainly due to the often poor chemical resistance of the polymers used for membrane preparation; most

  19. An investigation into the injection molding of PMR-15 polyimide (United States)

    Colaluca, M. A.


    The chemorheological behavior of the PRM-15 molding compounds were characterized, the range of suitable processing parameters for injection molding in a reciprocating screw injection molding machine was determined, and the effects of the injection molding processing parameters on the mechanical properties of molded PMR-15 parts were studied. The apparatus and procedures for measuring viscosity and for determining the physical response of the material during heating are described. Results show that capillary rheometry can be effectively used with thermosets if the equipment is designed to overcome some of the inherent problems of these materials. A uniform temperature was provided in the barrel by using a circulating hot oil system. Standard capillary rheometry methods can provide the dependence of thermoset apparent viscosity on shear rate, temperature, and time. Process conditions resulting in complete imidization should be carefully defined. Specification of controlled oven temperature is inadequate and can result in incomplete imidization. For completely imidized PMR-15 heat at 15 C/min melt flow without gas evolution occurs in the temperature range of 325 C to 400 C.

  20. Performance of 6FDA–6FpDA polyimide for propylene/propane separations

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    Das, Mita


    This work addresses the challenges faced by previous researchers with 6FDA-6FpDA polyimide for propylene/propane separations due to plasticization. A study of film annealing temperature is reported to optimize plasticization suppression in elevated temperature permeation on properly annealed dense films made with high molecular weight polymer. A detailed analysis of pure and mixed gas results using different permeability models is shown in this work. The annealing effects in terms of plasticization suppression and permeability and selectivity changes are discussed in detail. According to our best knowledge, this is for the first time plasticization suppression for propylene/propane has been reported with any polyimide dense film membrane. Results of pure gas sorption experiments using a pressure decay method with un-annealed and annealed films are discussed and used to analyze the permeation data using the dual-mode model. Mixed gas permeation results also are explained with dual mode and bulk flow transport models. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  1. High-Tg, Low-Dielectric Epoxy Thermosets Derived from Methacrylate-Containing Polyimides

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    Chien-Han Chen


    Full Text Available Three methacrylate-containing polyimides (Px–MMA; x = 1–3 were prepared from the esterification of hydroxyl-containing polyimides (Px–OH; x = 1–3 with methacrylic anhydride. Px–MMA exhibits active ester linkages (Ph–O–C(=O– that can react with epoxy in the presence of 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP, so Px–MMA acted as a curing agent for a dicyclopentadiene-phenol epoxy (HP7200 to prepare epoxy thermosets (Px–MMA/HP7200; x = 1–3 thermosets. For property comparisons, P1–OH/HP7200 thermosets were also prepared. The reaction between active ester and epoxy results in an ester linkage, which is less polar than secondary alcohol resulting from the reaction between phenolic OH and epoxy, so P1–MMA/HP7200 are more hydrophobic and exhibit better dielectric properties than P1–OH/HP7200. The double bond of methacrylate can cure at higher temperatures, leading to epoxy thermosets with a high-Tg and moderate-to-low dielectric properties.

  2. Synthesis of Polyimides in Molecular-Scale Confinement for Low-Density Hybrid Nanocomposites. (United States)

    Isaacson, Scott G; Fostvedt, Jade I; Koerner, Hilmar; Baur, Jeffery W; Lionti, Krystelle; Volksen, Willi; Dubois, Geraud; Dauskardt, Reinhold H


    In this work, we exploit a confinement-induced molecular synthesis and a resulting bridging mechanism to create confined polyimide thermoset nanocomposites that couple molecular confinement-enhanced toughening with an unprecedented combination of high-temperature properties at low density. We describe a synthesis strategy that involves the infiltration of individual polymer chains through a nanoscale porous network while simultaneous imidization reactions increase the molecular backbone stiffness. In the extreme limit where the confinement length scale is much smaller than the polymer's molecular size, confinement-induced molecular mechanisms give rise to exceptional mechanical properties. We find that polyimide oligomers can undergo cross-linking reactions even in such molecular-scale confinement, increasing the molecular weight of the organic phase and toughening the nanocomposite through a confinement-induced energy dissipation mechanism. This work demonstrates that the confinement-induced molecular bridging mechanism can be extended to thermoset polymers with multifunctional properties, such as excellent thermo-oxidative stability and high service temperatures (>350 °C).

  3. Temperature dependence and the dispersion of nonlinear optical properties of chromophore-containing polyimide thin films (United States)

    Gorkovenko, A. I.; Plekhanov, A. I.; Simanchuk, A. E.; Yakimanskiy, A. V.; Nosova, G. I.; Solovskaya, N. A.; Smirnov, N. N.


    Detailed investigations of the quadratic nonlinear response of a series of new polyimides with covalently attached chromophore DR13 are performed by the Maker fringes method in the range of fundamental wavelength from 850 to 1450 nm. Polymer films with thickness of 100-400 nm were spin-coated on glass substrates and corona poled. For these materials, the maximum values of the second harmonic generation coefficients d33 are 80-120 pm/V. A red shift of the nonlinear response dispersion with respect to the linear absorption spectrum was observed for the DR13 chromophore. The temperature dependences of linear absorption and nonlinear coefficients d33 for studied structures are observed. It was found that the temperature changes of the absorption spectra lead to appreciable contribution to the value of the nonlinear coefficient d33. The demonstrated high temperature stability (up to 120 °C) of chromophore-containing polyimide thin films makes it possible to eliminate the degradation of their nonlinear optical properties in the future applications of such structures.

  4. Gas Permeation and Physical Aging Properties of Iptycene Diamine-Based Microporous Polyimides

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    Alghunaimi, Fahd


    The synthesis and gas permeation properties of two 6FDA-dianhydride-based polyimides prepared from 2,6-diaminotriptycene (6FDA-DAT1) and its extended iptycene analog (6FDA-DAT2) are reported. The additional benzene ring on the extended triptycene moiety in 6FDA–DAT2 increases the free volume over 6FDA-DAT1 and reduces the chain packing efficiency. The BET surface area based on nitrogen adsorption in 6FDA-DAT2 (450 m2g−1) is ~40% greater than that of 6FDA-DAT1 (320 m2g−1). 6FDA-DAT1 shows a CO2 permeability of 120 Barrer and CO2/CH4 selectivity of 38, whereas 6FDA-DAT2 exhibits a 75% increase in CO2 permeability to 210 Barrer coupled with a moderate decrease in selectivity (CO2/CH4=30). Interestingly, minimal physical aging was observed over 150 days for both polymers and attributed to the high internal free volume of the shape-persistent iptycene geometries. The aged polyimides maintained CO2/CH4 selectivities of 25-35 along with high CO2 permeabilities of 90-120 Barrer up to partial CO2 pressures of 10 bar of an aggressive 50:50 CO2:CH4 mixed-gas feed, suggesting potential application in membranes for natural gas sweetening.

  5. An investigation of plasma pretreatments and plasma polymerized thin films for titanium/polyimide adhesion (United States)

    Difelice, Ronald Attilio

    Plasma pretreatments are environmentally benign and energy efficient processes for modifying the surface chemistry of materials. In an effort to improve the strength of the titanium alloy/FM-5 polyimide adhesive joint for aerospace applications, oxygen plasma pretreatments and novel thin plasma polymerized (PP) films were investigated as adhesion promoters. Plasma treatments were carried out using custom-built, low pressure, radio frequency, inductively coupled plasma reactors. Ti-6Al-4V coupons were plasma treated and used to prepare miniature single lap shear (SLS) joints. The effects of plasma pretreatments on surface chemistry were studied using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR), and contact angle measurements. Relationships between composition, mechanical properties, and adhesion of PP films on Ti-6Al-4V and silicon wafers were investigated. The nanomechanical properties (modulus, hardness and adhesion) were studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM) nanoindentation and nanoscratch testing. A design of experiments (DOE) three factorial model was used to optimize the parameters for oxygen plasma treatments. Oxygen plasma pretreatments enhanced joint strength by cleaning the titanium surface and creating an extended oxide layer. Nanoindentation of oxygen plasma treated substrates showed no change in the surface mechanical properties due to the oxygen plasma treatment. This suggested that the improved SLS strength of the oxygen plasma pretreated substrates was due to the cleaning of the substrate and the removal of carbonaceous contaminants, rather than any changes in the morphology of the oxide layer. PP acetylene films were predominantly carbon, with oxygen as the other main constituent (incorporated mostly as C-O and C=O). For all SLS specimens tested, the adhesion between PP acetylene and FM-5 adhesive was adequate. However, the strength of SLS joints was limited by the

  6. Effects of hydroxyl-functionalization and sub-Tg thermal annealing on high pressure pure- and mixed-gas CO2/CH4 separation by polyimide membranes based on 6FDA and triptycene-containing dianhydrides

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    Swaidan, Raja


    A sub-Tg thermally-annealed (250°C, 24h) ultra-microporous PIM-polyimide bearing a 9,10-diisopropyl-triptycene contortion center and hydroxyl-functionalized diamine (2,2-bis(3-amino-4-hydroxyphenyl)-hexafluoropropane, APAF) exhibited plasticization resistance up to 50bar for a 1:1 CO2/CH4 feed mixture, with a 9-fold higher CO2 permeability (30Barrer) and 2-fold increase in CO2/CH4 permselectivity (~50) over conventional dense cellulose acetate membranes at 10bar CO2 partial pressure. Interestingly, mixed-gas CO2/CH4 permselectivities were 10-20% higher than those evaluated under pure-gas conditions due to reduction of mixed-gas CH4 permeability by co-permeation of CO2. Gas transport, physisorption and fluorescence studies indicated a sieving pore-structure engaged in inter-chain charge transfer complexes (CTCs), similar to that of low-free-volume 6FDA-APAF polyimide. The isosteric heat of adsorption of CO2 as well as CO2/CH4 solubility selectivities varied negligibly upon replacement of OH with CH3 but CTC formation was hindered, CO2 sorption increased, CO2 permeability increased ~3-fold, CO2/CH4 permselectivity dropped to ~30 and CH4 mixed-gas co-permeation increased. These results suggest that hydroxyl-functionalization did not cause preferential polymer-gas interactions but primarily elicited diffusion-dominated changes owing to a tightened microstructure more resistant to CO2-induced dilations. Solution-processable hydroxyl-functionalized PIM-type polyimides provide a new platform of advanced materials that unites the high selectivities of low-free-volume polymers with the high permeabilities of PIM-type materials particularly for natural gas sweetening applications.

  7. Effects of strain rate and elevated temperature on compressive flow stress and absorbed energy of polyimide foam

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    Horikawa K.


    Full Text Available In this study, at first, the effect of strain rate on the strength and the absorbed energy of polyimide foam was experimentally examined by carrying out a series of compression tests at various strain rates, from 10−3 to 103 s−1. This polyimide foam has open cell structure with small cell size of 0.3 ∼ 0.6 mm. In the measurement of impact load, a special load cell with a small part for sensing load was adopted. For the measurement of the displacement, a high-speed camera was used. It was found that the flow stress of polyimide foam and the absorbed energy up to a strain of 0.4 increased with the increase of the strain rates. Secondly, the effect of ambient temperature on the strength and absorbed energy of polyimide foam was also investigated by using a sprit Hopkinson pressure bar apparatus and testing at elevated temperatures of 100 and 200 ∘C. With the increase of temperature, the strength and absorbed energy decreased and the effect is smaller in dynamic tests than static tests.

  8. Spectroscopic investigation of different concentrations of the vapour deposited copper phthalocyanine as a "guest" in polyimide matrix. (United States)

    Georgiev, Anton; Yordanov, Dancho; Dimov, Dean; Assa, Jacob; Spassova, Erinche; Danev, Gencho


    Nanocomposite layers 250 nm copper phthalocyanine/polyimide prepared by simultaneous vapour deposition of three different sources were studied. Different concentrations of copper phthalocyanine as a "guest" in polyimide matrix as a function of conditions of the preparation have been determined by FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) and UV-VIS (Ultraviolet-Visible) spectroscopies. The aim was to estimate the possibility of the spectroscopic methods for quantitative determination of the "guest" and compare with the quality of the polyimide thin films in relation to the "guest" concentration. The band at 1334 cm(-1) has been used for quantitative estimation of "guest" in polyimide matrix. The concentrations of the copper phthalocyanine less than 20% require curve fitting techniques with Fourier self deconvolution. The relationship between "guest" concentrations and degree of imidization, as well as the electronic UV-VIS spectra are discussed in relation to the composition, imidization degree and the two crystallographic modification of the embedded chromophore. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. In-situ imidization analysis in microscale thin films of an ester-type photosensitive polyimide for microelectronic packaging applications

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    Windrich, Frank; Kappert, Emiel; Malanin, Mikhail; Eichhorn, Klaus-Jochen; Haussler, Liane; Benes, Nieck Edwin; Voit, Brigitte


    The imidization reaction in thin films of an ester-type photosensitive polyimide is investigated in the temperature range of 50–450 °C by temperature dependent rapid-scan in-situ FT-IR spectroscopy, thermo-ellipsometric analysis and thermogravimetric analysis coupled with evolved gas analysis. The

  10. Flexible polyimides through one-pot synthesis as water-soluble binders for silicon anodes in lithium ion batteries (United States)

    Yao, Dahua; Yang, Yu; Deng, Yonghong; Wang, Chaoyang


    A series of polyimides, which contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) segments with different molecular weight in the polymer chains, are synthesized through a facile one-pot method and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The main part of polyimides is originated from trimellitic anhydride chloride (TMAC) and 4,4‧-methylenedianiline, onto which PEG segments are introduced through an esterification reaction with TMAC. These obtained polyimides, which acquire excellent water solubility after being neutralized by triethylamine, are applied as water-soluble binders to silicon negative electrodes for lithium ion batteries, and significantly improve the electrochemical performance of silicon anodes. Specially, the PI-200 (polyimide copolymerized with PEG-200) based silicon electrode exhibits a high initial discharge capacity of 2989.7 mAh g-1 and remains about 2235.5 mAh g-1 after 200 cycles at the current density of 0.1 C (420 mA g-1).

  11. Surface modification of polyimide by atmospheric pressure plasma for adhesive bonding with titanium and its application to aviation and space

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    Akram, M.; Bhowmik, S.; Jansen, K.M.B.; Ernst, L.J.


    It is noted that in search of long term and efficient service performance in the context of future generation of aerospace materials, there is increasing need of metal-high performance polymer composite. Based on these considerations, high temperature resistant polymeric sheet such as Polyimide

  12. Advanced processing of lead titanate-polyimide composites for high temperature piezoelectric sensing

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    Khanbareh, H.; Hegde, M.; Zwaag, S. van der; Groen, W.A.


    High performance polymer-ceramic composites are presented as promising candidates for high temperature piezoelectric sensing applications. lead-titanate (PT) ceramic particulate is incorporated into a polyetherimide polymer matrix, (PEI) at a specific volume fraction of 20% in the forms of 0-3 and

  13. Thermosetting Poly(imide silsesquioxane)s Featuring Reduced Moisture Affinity and Improved Processability (Post Print) (United States)


    depending on architecture.21,22 Recently, Kakimoto et al. reported a hybrid organic− inorganic approach to modifying Kapton-like thermoplastic involving...and methanol (Fisher Scientific) were all used as received from their respective vendors. Synthesis. The nomenclature and monomer content for the...strain amplitude of 0.1%, within the linear viscoelastic regime of the resins as Table 1. Oligomer Nomenclature and Equivalents of Monomers Used in

  14. Effects of Fiber Reinforcement Architecture on the Hygrothermal-Mechanical Performance of Polyimide Matrix Composites for Aeropropulsion Applications (United States)

    Shin, E. Eugene; Thesken, John C.; Sutter, James K.; Chuang, Kathy; Juhas, John; Veverka, Adrienne; Inghram, Linda; Papadopoulos, Demetrios; Burke, Chris; Scheiman, Dan


    A lightweight sandwich support structure, for the combustor chamber of a new generation liquid propellant rocket engine, was designed and fabricated using a polymer matrix composite (PMC) facesheet on a Ti honeycomb core. The PMC facesheet consisted of high stiffness carbon fiber, M40JB, and high temperature Polyimides, such as PMR-II-50 and HFPE-II-52. Six different fiber architectures; four harness satin (4HS) woven fabric, uni-tape, woven-uni hybrid, stitched woven fabric, stitched uni-tape and triaxial braided structures have been investigated for optimum stiffness-thickness-weight-hygrothermal performance design criteria for the hygrothermal-mechanical propulsion service exposure conditions including rapid heating up to 200 F/sec, maximum operating temperature of 600 F, internal pressure up to 100 psi. One of the specific objectives in this study is to improve composite blistering resistance in z-direction at minimum expense of in-plane mechanical properties. An extensive property-performance database including dry-wet mechanical properties at various temperatures, thermal-physical properties, such as blistering onset condition was generated for fiber architecture down-selection and design guidelines. Various optimized process methods such as vacuum bag compression molding, solvent assistant resin transfer molding (SaRTM), resin film infusion (RFI) and autoclaving were utilized for PMC panel fabrication depending on the architecture type. In the case of stitched woven fabric architecture, the stitch pattern in terms of stitch density and yarn size was optimized based on both in-plane mechanical properties and blistering performance. Potential reduction of the in-plane properties transverse to the line of stitching was also evaluated. Efforts have been made to correlate the experimental results with theoretical micro-mechanics predictions. Changes in deformation mechanism and failure sequences in terms of fiber architecture will be discussed.

  15. Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of microcellular polyimide/in situ thermally reduced graphene oxide/carbon nanotubes nanocomposites (United States)

    Yang, Hongli; Yu, Zhi; Wu, Peng; Zou, Huawei; Liu, Pengbo


    A simple and effective method was adopted to fabricate microcellular polyimide (PI)/reduced graphene oxide (GO)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) nanocomposites. Firstly, microcellular poly (amic acid) (PAA)/GO/MWCNTs nanocomposites were prepared through solvent evaporation induced phase separation. In this process, PAA and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) co-dissolved in N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) underwent phase separation with DMAc evaporating, and DBP microdomains were formed in continuous PAA phase. Subsequently, PAA was thermally imidized and simultaneously GO was in situ reduced. After DBP was removed, the microcellular PI/reduced GO (RGO)/MWCNTs nanocomposites were finally obtained. When the initial filler loading was 8 wt%, the electrical conductivity of microcellular PI/RGO, PI/MWCNTs and PI/RGO/MWCNTs nanocomposites were 0.05, 0.02 and 1.87 S·m-1, respectively, and the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding efficiency (SE) of microcellular PI/RGO, PI/MWCNTs and PI/RGO/MWCNTs nanocomposites were 13.7-15.1, 13.0-14.3 and 16.6-18.2 dB, respectively. The synergistic effect between RGO and MWCNTs enhanced both the electrical conductivity and EMI shielding performance of the microcellular PI/RGO/MWCNTs nanocomposites. The dominating EMI shielding mechanism for these materials was microwave absorption. While the initial loading of GO and MWCNT was 8 wt%, the microcellular PI/RGO/MWCNTs nanocomposite (500 μm thickness) had extremely high specific EMI SE value of 755-823 dB·cm2·g-1. Its thermal stability was also obviously improved, the 5% weight loss temperature in nitrogen was 548 °C. In addition, it also possessed a high Young's modulus of 789 MPa.

  16. Pressure-sensitive strain sensor based on a single percolated Ag nanowire layer embedded in colorless polyimide

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    Lee, Chan-Jae [Display Materials & Components Research Center, Korea Electronics Technology Institute, 68 Yatap-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 463-816 (Korea, Republic of); Jun, Sungwoo [Display Materials & Components Research Center, Korea Electronics Technology Institute, 68 Yatap-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 463-816 (Korea, Republic of); Display and Nanosystem Laboratory, College of Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); Ju, Byeong-Kwon [Display and Nanosystem Laboratory, College of Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong-Woong, E-mail: [Display Materials & Components Research Center, Korea Electronics Technology Institute, 68 Yatap-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 463-816 (Korea, Republic of)


    This paper presents the fabrication of an elastomer-free, transparent, pressure-sensitive strain sensor consisting of a specially designed silver nanowire (AgNW) pattern and colorless polyimide (cPI). A percolated AgNW network was patterned with a simple tandem compound circuit, which was then embedded in the surface of the cPI via inverted layer processing. The resulting film-type sensor was highly transparent (~93.5% transmittance at 550 nm) and mechanically stable (capable of resisting 10000 cycles of bending to a 500 µm radius of curvature). We demonstrated that a thin, transparent, and mechanically stable electrode can be produced using a combination of AgNWs and cPI, and used to produce a system sensitive to pressure-induced bending. The capacitance of the AgNW tandem compound electrode pattern grew via fringing, which increased with the pressure-induced bending applied to the surface of the sensor. The sensitivity was four times higher than that of an elastomeric pressure sensor made with the same design. Finally, we demonstrated a skin-like pressure sensor attached to the inside wrist of a human arm. - Highlights: • A thin, transparent pressure sensor was fabricated from AgNWs and cPI. • An AgNW network was patterned with a simple circuit, and then embedded into cPI. • The resulting film-type sensor was highly transparent and mechanically stable. • The sensor sensitivity was 4x higher than that of an elastomeric pressure sensor.

  17. Pure- and mixed-gas propylene/propane permeation properties of spiro- and triptycene-based microporous polyimides

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    Swaidan, Ramy Jawdat


    Solution-processable polyimides of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-PIs) comprising relatively inflexible and contorted backbones have demonstrated outstanding molecular-sieving behavior in membrane-based separation of gas/gas pairs. In this work, the effects of systematically increasing intra-chain rigidity on the propylene/propane separation properties were compared for PIM-PIs made from 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-1,4-phenylene diamine (TMPD) and (i) spiro-centered dianhyride (SPDA-TMPD or PIM-PI-1) and (ii) 9,10-diisopropyltriptycene-based dianhydride (TPDA-TMPD or KAUST PI-1). Pure-gas experiments at 2 bar and 35 oC showed significant increases in C3H6 permeability and C3H6/C3H8 selectivity by transitioning from PIM-PI-1 (P(C3H6)=393 Barrer, α(C3H6/C3H8)=6) to KAUST-PI-1 (P(C3H6)=817 Barrer, α(C3H6/C3H8)=16), positioning KAUST-PI-1 considerably above the experimentally observed pure-gas C3H6/C3H8 polymer upper bound. However, 50:50 C3H6/C3H8 mixed-gas feeds induced significant losses in C3H6 permeability and C3H6/C3H8 selectivity relative to the 2 bar pure-gas data for PIM-PI-1 and KAUST-PI-1 as the C3H6/C3H8 selectivity dropped from 6 to 3 and 16 to 5, respectively, at 2 bar C3H6 partial pressure due to plasticization and competitive sorption.

  18. Fabrications and Characterizations of Boron Containing Polyimides for Radiation Shielding (United States)

    Pugh, Christopher Scott

    This thesis explores the problem of uniformly aligning Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (FLCs) over large areas whilst retaining bistability. A novel high tilt alignment (HTA) is presented and its electro-optic performance is compared to the traditional surface stabilised (SS) alignment using three different devices; test cells, displays and all-fibre optic devices. Evidence is presented to show that the SS alignment has a small surface pretilt of the director which reduces the number of zig-zag defects in parallel aligned cells. This is related to the layer structure and a review of the latest proposed structures of SS devices is presented. The HTA device is shown to have many advantages over the SS device; no zig-zag defects, excellent bistability in up to 6 mum thick cells, good mechanical stability and excellent viewing characteristics when multiplexed. These properties are explored and culminate in the production of two FLC displays, one HTA and one SS aligned. The properties of these displays are compared. In order to improve the appearance and frame time of the displays, multiplexing schemes were investigated, including a novel two slot scheme that was successfully used to drive both displays. It was found that the SS display could be driven in a reverse contrast mode by taking advantage of the relaxation process. This decreased the line address time and produced a higher contrast display. A nematic LC all-fibre optic polariser was produced with excellent extinction ratio (45 dB) and low loss (0.2 dB) using evanescent field coupling. A nematic LC modulator was then demonstrated using a novel electrode arrangement. A modulation depth of 28 dB was achieved using low voltages ( 10V) but with 10 kHz but the modulation depth was poor (8.2 dB) because of the unsuitable refractive indices. The potential and uses of LC all-fibre optic devices are discussed.

  19. Flexible superconducting Nb transmission lines on thin film polyimide for quantum computing applications (United States)

    Tuckerman, David B.; Hamilton, Michael C.; Reilly, David J.; Bai, Rujun; Hernandez, George A.; Hornibrook, John M.; Sellers, John A.; Ellis, Charles D.


    We describe progress and initial results achieved towards the goal of developing integrated multi-conductor arrays of shielded controlled-impedance flexible superconducting transmission lines with ultra-miniature cross sections and wide bandwidths (dc to >10 GHz) over meter-scale lengths. Intended primarily for use in future scaled-up quantum computing systems, such flexible thin-film niobium/polyimide ribbon cables could provide a physically compact and ultra-low thermal conductance alternative to the rapidly increasing number of discrete coaxial cables that are currently used by quantum computing experimentalists to transmit signals between the several low-temperature stages (from ˜4 K down to ˜20 mK) of a dilution refrigerator. We have concluded that these structures are technically feasible to fabricate, and so far they have exhibited acceptable thermo-mechanical reliability. S-parameter results are presented for individual 2-metal layer Nb microstrip structures having 50 Ω characteristic impedance; lengths ranging from 50 to 550 mm were successfully fabricated. Solderable pads at the end terminations allowed testing using conventional rf connectors. Weakly coupled open-circuit microstrip resonators provided a sensitive measure of the overall transmission line loss as a function of frequency, temperature, and power. Two common microelectronic-grade polyimide dielectrics, one conventional and the other photo-definable (PI-2611 and HD-4100, respectively) were compared. Our most striking result, not previously reported to our knowledge, was that the dielectric loss tangents of both polyimides, over frequencies from 1 to 20 GHz, are remarkably low at deep cryogenic temperatures, typically 100× smaller than corresponding room temperature values. This enables fairly long-distance (meter-scale) transmission of microwave signals without excessive attenuation, and also permits usefully high rf power levels to be transmitted without creating excessive dielectric

  20. Remote Forensics May Bring the Next Sea Change in E-discovery: Are All Networked Computers Now Readily Accessible Under the Revised Federal Rules of Civil Procedure?

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    AleJoseph J. Schwerha


    on geographically dispersed computers remotely.  That process, in general, is often defined as remote forensics. The question is now whether newly available remote forensic solution indicate that all networked computers are readily accessible under the current state of the law.  This article attempts to define remote forensics, examines a selection of applicable court decisions, and then analyzes the currently available commercial software packages that allow remote forensics.

  1. Modification of Bisphenol-A Based Bismaleimide Resin (BPA-BMI) with an Allyl-Terminated Hyperbranched Polyimide (AT-PAEKI)

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    Qin, Haihu; Mather, Patrick T; Baek, Jong-Beom; Tan, Loon-Seng


    As a continuation of previous work involving synthesis of an allyl-functionalized hyperbranched polyimide, AT-PAEKI, we have studied the use of this reactive polymer as a modifier of bisphenol-A based...

  2. Steam Pyrolysis of Polyimides: Effects of Steam on Raw Material Recovery. (United States)

    Kumagai, Shogo; Hosaka, Tomoyuki; Kameda, Tomohito; Yoshioka, Toshiaki


    Aromatic polyimides (PIs) have excellent thermal stability, which makes them difficult to recycle, and an effective way to recycle PIs has not yet been established. In this work, steam pyrolysis of the aromatic PI Kapton was performed to investigate the recovery of useful raw materials. Steam pyrolysis significantly enhanced the gasification of Kapton at 900 °C, resulting in 1963.1 mL g(-1) of a H2 and CO rich gas. Simultaneously, highly porous activated carbon with a high BET surface area was recovered. Steam pyrolysis increased the presence of polar functional groups on the carbon surface. Thus, it was concluded that steam pyrolysis shows great promise as a recycling technique for the recovery of useful synthetic gases and activated carbon from PIs without the need for catalysts and organic solvents.

  3. Electrospun polyimide nanofiber-based nonwoven separators for lithium-ion batteries (United States)

    Miao, Yue-E.; Zhu, Guan-Nan; Hou, Haoqing; Xia, Yong-Yao; Liu, Tianxi


    Polyimide (PI) nanofiber-based nonwovens have been fabricated via electrospinning for the separators of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and hot oven tests show that the PI nanofiber-based nonwovens are thermally stable at a high temperature of 500 °C while the commercial Celgard membrane exhibits great shrinkage at 150 °C and even goes melting over 167 °C, indicating a superior thermal stability of PI nanofiber-based nonwovens than that of the Celgard membrane. Moreover, the PI nanofiber-based nonwovens exhibit better wettability for the polar electrolyte compared to the Celgard membrane. The PI nanofiber-based nonwoven separators are also evaluated to have higher capacity, lower resistance and higher rate capability compared to the Celgard membrane separator, which proves that they are ideal candidates for separators of high-performance rechargeable LIBs.

  4. Self-Lubricating Polytetrafluoroethylene/Polyimide Blends Reinforced with Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Liwen Mu


    Full Text Available ZnO nanoparticle reinforced polytetrafluoroethylene/polyimide (PTFE/PI nanocomposites were prepared and their corresponding tribological and mechanical properties were studied in this work. The influences of ZnO loading, sliding load, and velocity on the tribological properties of ZnO/PTFE/PI nanocomposites were systematically investigated. Results reveal that nanocomposites reinforced with 3 wt% ZnO exhibit the optimal tribological and mechanical properties. Specifically, the wear loss decreased by 20% after incorporating 3 wt% ZnO compared to unfilled PTFE/PI. Meanwhile, the impact strength, tensile strength, and elongation-at-break of 3 wt% ZnO/PTFE/PI nanocomposite are enhanced by 85, 5, and 10% compared to pure PTFE/PI blend. Microstructure investigation reveals that ZnO nanoparticles facilitate the formation of continuous, uniform, and smooth transfer film and thus reduce the adhesive wear of PTFE/PI.


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    A. F. Ismail


    Full Text Available This study is performed primarily to investigate the feasibility of fumed silica as inorganic material towards gas separation performance of mixed matrix membrane. In this study, polyimide/polyethersulfone (PES-fumed silica mixed matrix membranes were casted using dry/wet technique. The results from the FESEM, DSC and FTIR analysis confirmed that the structure and physical properties of membrane is influenced by inorganic filler. FESEM’s cross-section view indicated good compatibility between polymer and fumed silica for all of range fumed silica used in this study. The gas separation performance of the mixed matrix membranes with fumed silica were relatively higher compared to that of the neat PI/PES membrane. PI/PES-fumed silica 5 wt% yielded significant selectivity enhancement of 7.21 and 40.47 for O2/N2, and CO2/CH4, respectively.

  6. Optical fiber humidity sensor based on the direct response of the polyimide film. (United States)

    Bian, Ce; Hu, Manli; Wang, Ruohui; Gang, Tingting; Tong, Rongxin; Zhang, Lisong; Guo, Teng; Liu, Xiaobo; Qiao, Xueguang


    An optical fiber humidity sensor based on an optical Fabry-Perot interferometer is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor is constructed by a short section of hollow-core fiber coated with a polyimide (PI) film. Taking advantage of the direct response of the PI film, a sensitivity of up to 1.309 nm/%RH can be achieved in the humidity change range from 40% RH to 80% RH. The temperature sensitivity is measured to be 43.57 pm/°C when the temperature changes from 25°C to 55°C. Because of its simple structure, fast response time, convenient production, and good reproducibility, the proposed sensor will be competitive in the field of cultural relic humidity monitoring and pharmaceutical storage.

  7. Effect of Branching on Rod-coil Polyimides as Membrane Materials for Lithium Polymer Batteries (United States)

    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Cubon, Valerie A.; Scheiman, Daniel A.; Bennett, William R.


    This paper describes a series of rod-coil block co-polymers that produce easy to fabricate, dimensionally stable films with good ionic conductivity down to room temperature for use as electrolytes for lithium polymer batteries. The polymers consist of short, rigid rod polyimide segments, alternating with flexible, polyalkylene oxide coil segments. The highly incompatible rods and coils should phase separate, especially in the presence of lithium ions. The coil phase would allow for conduction of lithium ions, while the rigid rod phase would provide a high degree of dimensional stability. An optimization study was carried out to study the effect of four variables (degree of branching, formulated molecular weight, polymerization solvent and lithium salt concentration) on ionic conductivity, glass transition temperature and dimensional stability in this system.

  8. Rapid plasma treatment of polyimide for improved adhesive and durable copper film deposition

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    Usami, Kenji [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Nagoya University (Japan); Ishijima, Tatsuo, E-mail: [Plasma Nanotechnology Research Center, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Toyoda, Hirotaka [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Nagoya University (Japan); Plasma Nanotechnology Research Center, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan)


    To improve adhesion at the interface between Cupper (Cu) and polyimide (PI) layers, a PI film surface was treated with a microwave-excited plasma. The Ar/N{sub 2} plasma treatment improved the Cu adhesion force to 10 N/cm even for PI substrates with absorbed water. A dramatic improvement of the adhesion durability was achieved by depositing a thin carbon film (C) on the PI substrate as an interlayer between PI and Cu using a microwave plasma followed by treatment with the Ar/N{sub 2} plasma prior to the Cu deposition. After a 20-h accelerated aging test, the reduction of the adhesion force for the resulting Cu/C/PI sample was only 10%, whereas that for the Cu/PI sample was 55%. To gain insight into the film properties, the interface between the Cu and PI film was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  9. A unique 3D ultramicroporous triptycene-based polyimide framework for efficient gas sorption applications

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    Ghanem, Bader


    A novel 3D ultramicroporous triptycene-based polyimide framework with high surface area (1050 m2 g−1) and thermal stability was synthesized. It exhibits relatively high CO2 (3.4 mmol g−1 at 273 K and 1 bar), H2 (7 mmol g−1 at 77 K and 1 bar), and olefin sorption capacity, good CO2/N2 (45) and CO2/CH4 (9.6) selectivity at 273 K and 1 bar, as well as promising C2H4/CH4 and C3H6/CH4 selectivities at 298 K, making it a potential candidate for CO2 capture, H2 storage, and hydrocarbon gas separation applications.

  10. Monopole quasi-Yagi antenna on polyimide substrate for flexible electronics (United States)

    Liu, Jianying; Dai, Fang; Zhang, Yichen; Yu, Xin; Cai, Lulu; Zuo, Panpan; Wang, Mengjun


    In this paper, a flexible monopole quasi-Yagi antenna printed on 50um thick polyimide substrate is designed for integration within modern flexible electronic devices. The antenna has a wide working band (5.22-6.6 GHz) that covers WLAN 5.8GHz (5.725-5.825GHz). Parameters changes of proposed modeling are analyzed to achieve desired impedance matching and resonant frequency. The reflection coefficient, gain and radiation efficiency are indicated to be still robust when the proposed antenna is under various bending directions. It is worth noting that radiation patterns have an effect when antenna is bent in the y-axis direction. The antenna prototype is fabricated and tested where the simulated results agree with measured ones.

  11. Integration of temperature sensors in polyimide-based thin-film electrode arrays

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    Cruz M. F. Porto


    Full Text Available Continuous monitoring of the tissue temperature surrounding implantable devices could be of great advantage. The degree and duration of the immune activation in response to the implant, which is responsible for signal deterioration, could be inferred from the associated temperature raise and the heating caused by electrical or optogenetical stimulation could be accurately controlled. Within this work, a thin-film platinum RTD embedded in polyimide and a readout system based on the Wheatstone bridge configuration are presented. The RTD offers a sensitivity of 8.5 Ω· °C−1 and a precision of 4.1 Ω. The accuracy of the complete system calibrated for temperatures ranging from 34 to 41 °C lies between the classes A and B defined by the standard IEC 751, which correspond to tolerances of ±0.22 and ±0.48 °C at 37 °C, respectively.

  12. Effect of Atmosphere on Recovery Dynamics of Polyimide Film Damaged by Electron Radiation (United States)

    Plis, E.; Engelhart, D. P.; Cooper, R.; Humagain, S.; Brunetti, M.; Koch, A.; Greenbaum, S.; Ferguson, D.; Hoffmann, R.


    Since electrons are the primary charged particles at the geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), understanding of their interactions with spacecraft materials, such as polyimide (PI, Kapton-H®), is important. Understanding of the chemical nature of electron damage and its effect on PI’s electrical and optical properties is still limited. Thus, predictive spacecraft models (electrical charging, thermal, etc) are restricted to only pristine material properties. This is a major source of error in spacecraft construction and anomaly resolution, since material properties change after exposure to the space environment. Ground based measurements are critical to understanding the dynamics of spacecraft materials however it will be shown in this work that standard material handling practice and exposure to air are unacceptable for these studies.

  13. Property modification of nafion via polymer blending with polyimide (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Hwang, Taeseon; Nam, Jungsoo; Lee, Dong-Chan; Kim, Kwang Jin


    The blended ion exchange membrane between Nafion and Polyimide (PI) was used for fabrication of the ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) not only to redeem inherent drawbacks of Nafion such as high cost or environment-unfriendliness but also to enhance mechanical properties of Nafion. PI solution was blended in Nafion solution by a volume ratio and membranes were prepared through solution casting method. The prepared blended Nafion membranes can be fabricated IPMCs with electroless plating of platinum electrode onto its surface. The surface resistance of all prepared IPMCs is measured through 2-point probe. This study investigated the chemical structure and mechanical properties of prepared blended membranes. Moreover, we characterized the cross-section morphology and studied the electromechanical performances (displacement and blocking force) of prepared IPMC actuators. The prepared IPMC actuators with blended Nafion membranes were demonstrated comparable electromechanical performance by significantly reducing the content of Nafion.

  14. Polyimide Aerogels and Porous Membranes for Ultrasonic Impedance Matching to Air (United States)

    Swank, Aaron J.; Sands, Obed S.; Meador, Mary Ann B.


    This work investigates acoustic impedance matching materials for coupling 200 kHz ultrasonic signals from air to materials with similar acoustic properties to that of water, flesh, rubber and plastics. Porous filter membranes as well as a new class of cross-linked polyimide aerogels are evaluated. The results indicate that a single impedance matching layer consisting of these new aerogel materials will recover nearly half of the loss in the incident-to-transmitted ultrasound intensity associated with an air/water, air/flesh or air/gelatin boundary. Furthermore, the experimental results are obtained where other uncertainties of the "real world" are present such that the observed impedance matching gains are representative of real-world applications. Performance of the matching layer devices is assessed using the idealized 3-layer model of infinite half spaces, yet the experiments conducted use a finite gelatin block as the destination medium.

  15. Etched FBG coated with polyimide for simultaneous detection the salinity and temperature (United States)

    Luo, Dong; Ma, Jianxun; Ibrahim, Zainah; Ismail, Zubaidah


    In marine environment, concrete structures can corrode because of the PH alkalinity of concrete paste; and the salinity PH is heavily related with the concentration of salt in aqueous solutions. In this study, an optical fiber salinity sensor is proposed on the basis of an etched FBG (EFBG) coated with a layer of polyimide. Chemical etching is employed to reduce the diameter of FBG and to excite Cladding Mode Resonance Wavelengths (CMRWs). CMRW and Fundamental Mode Resonance Wavelength (FMRW) can be used to measure the Refractive index (RI) and temperature of salinity. The proposed sensor is then characterized with a matrix equation. Experimental results show that FMRW and 5th CMRW have the detection sensitivities of 15.407 and 125.92 nm/RIU for RI and 0.0312 and 0.0435 nm/°C for temperature, respectively. The proposed sensor can measure salinity and temperature simultaneously.

  16. Sodium hypochlorite as a developer for heavy ion tracks in polyimide

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    Klintberg, Lena E-mail:; Lindeberg, Mikael; Thornell, Greger


    The developing and etching of heavy ion tracks in polyimide with sodium hypochlorite have been studied to gain control over the parameters that affect the etch result. The shape of the resulting pores is a function of both alkalinity and hypochlorite content of the solution. Sodium hypochlorite decomposes during etching, and the rate constant has been determined as a function of the alkalinity at 62 deg. C. Polished cross-sections have been examined to determine the pore shape, and this method has shown to be a straightforward way to characterise the pores. Decreasing the alkalinity gives more cylindrical pores, but increases the decomposition rate of the hypochlorite solution and decreases the etch rate.


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    Takagi, M; Saito, K; Frederick, C; Nikroo, A; Cook, R


    We have developed a technique for drawing commercially available polyimide tubing to the required fill tube dimensions. The tubes are then precisely cut with an Excimer laser to produce a clean, flat tip. We have also demonstrated that one can use the Excimer laser to drill less than a 5 {micro}m diameter through hole in the {approx}150 wall of a NIF dimension GDP shell, and can then create a 10-15 {micro}m diameter, 20-40 {micro}m deep counterbore centered on the through hole with the same laser. Using a home built assembly station the tube is carefully inserted into the counterbore and glued in place with UV-cure epoxy, using a LED UV source to avoid heating the joint. We expect that the same joining technique can be used for Be shells.

  18. High purity polyimide analysis by solid sampling graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (United States)

    Santos, Rafael F.; Carvalho, Gabriel S.; Duarte, Fabio A.; Bolzan, Rodrigo C.; Flores, Erico M. M.


    In this work, Cr, Cu, Mn, Na and Ni were determined in high purity polyimides (99.5%) by solid sampling graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (SS-GFAAS) using Zeeman effect background correction system with variable magnetic field, making possible the simultaneous measurement at high or low sensitivity. The following analytical parameters were evaluated: pyrolysis and atomization temperatures, feasibility of calibration with aqueous solution, linear calibration range, sample mass range and the use of chemical modifier. Calibration with aqueous standard solutions was feasible for all analytes. No under or overestimated results were observed and up to 10 mg sample could be introduced on the platform for the determination of Cr, Cu, Mn, Na and Ni. The relative standard deviation ranged from 3 to 20%. The limits of detection (LODs) achieved using the high sensitivity mode were as low as 7.0, 2.5, 1.7, 17 and 0.12 ng g- 1 for Cr, Cu, Mn, Na and Ni, respectively. No addition of chemical modifier was necessary, except for Mn determination where Pd was required. The accuracy was evaluated by analyte spike and by comparison of the results with those obtained by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after microwave-assisted digestion in a single reaction chamber system and also by neutron activation analysis. No difference among the results obtained by SS-GFAAS and those obtained by alternative analytical methods using independent techniques. SS-GFAAS method showed some advantages, such as the determination of metallic contaminants in high purity polyimides with practically no sample preparation, very low LODs, calibration with aqueous standards and determination in a wide range of concentration.

  19. Carbon molecular sieve membrane from a microporous spirobisindane-based polyimide precursor with enhanced ethylene/ethane mixed-gas selectivity

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    Salinas, Octavio


    Ethylene is typically produced by steam cracking of various hydrocarbon feedstocks. The gaseous products are then separated in a demethanizer followed by a deethanizer unit and finally sent to a C splitter for the final purification step. Cryogenic distillation of ethylene from ethane is the most energy-intensive unit operation process in the chemical industry. Therefore, the development of more energy-efficient processes for ethylene purification is highly desirable. Membrane-based separation has been proposed as an alternative option for replacement or debottlenecking of C splitters but current polymer membrane materials exhibit insufficient mixed-gas CH/CH selectivity (<7) to be technically and economically attractive. In this work, a highly selective carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane derived from a novel spirobisindane-based polyimide of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-6FDA) was developed and characterized. PIM-6FDA showed a single-stage degradation process under an inert nitrogen atmosphere which commenced at ∼480 °C. The CMS formed by pyrolysis at 800 °C had a diffusion/size-sieving-controlled morphology with a mixed-gas (50% CH/50% CH) ethylene/ethane selectivity of 15.6 at 20 bar feed pressure at 35 °C. The mixed-gas ethylene/ethane selectivity is the highest reported value for CMS-type membranes to date.

  20. Effect of Addition of Colloidal Silica to Films of Polyimide, Polyvinylpyridine, Polystyrene, and Polymethylmethacrylate Nano-Composites

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    Soliman Abdalla


    Full Text Available Nano-composite films have been the subject of extensive work for developing the energy-storage efficiency of electrostatic capacitors. Factors such as polymer purity, nanoparticle size, and film morphology drastically affect the electrostatic efficiency of the dielectric material that forms the insulating film between the conductive electrodes of a capacitor. This in turn affects the energy storage performance of the capacitor. In the present work, we have studied the dielectric properties of four highly pure amorphous polymer films: polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA, polystyrene, polyimide and poly-4-vinylpyridine. Comparison between the dielectric properties of these polymers has revealed that the higher breakdown performance is a character of polyimide (PI and PMMA. Also, our experimental data shows that adding colloidal silica to PMMA and PI leads to a net decrease in the dielectric properties compared to the pure polymer.

  1. Planarization Of Multilevel Metalization Processes: A Critical Review (United States)

    Kuo, Yue


    This paper presents a critical review of conventional and novel planarization processes such as Glass Flow, Etchback with or without a sacrificial layer, SOG, BSQ, Polyimide, Substrate-biased PECVD, and Pillars. Key issues in a planarization process, e.g., surface morphology, process simplicity and reliability, material characteristics, and etch control are discussed. A comparison of various planarization processes is tabulated. The future trend of the planarization technology is examined according to the above principles.

  2. High performance carbon molecular sieving membranes derived from pyrolysis of metal-organic framework ZIF-108 doped polyimide matrices. (United States)

    Jiao, Wenmei; Ban, Yujie; Shi, Zixing; Jiang, Xuesong; Li, Yanshuo; Yang, Weishen


    Carbon molecular sieve membranes (CMSMs) were fabricated by pyrolysis of MOF-doped polyimide mixed matrix membranes. ZIF-108 (Zn(2-nitroimidazolate)2) was used as a dopant to tailor the micropores of the as-prepared CMSMs into narrow ultramicropores, providing a remarkable combination of permeability and selectivity of membranes in CO2/CH4, O2/N2 and N2/CH4 separation.

  3. Polyimide Dielectric Layer on Filaments for Organic Field Effect Transistors: Choice of Solvent, Solution Composition and Dip-Coating Speed

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    Rambausek Lina


    Full Text Available In today’s research, smart textiles is an established topic in both electronics and the textile fields. The concept of producing microelectronics directly on a textile substrate is not a mere idea anymore and several research institutes are working on its realisation. Microelectronics like organic field effect transistor (OFET can be manufactured with a layered architecture. The production techniques used for this purpose can also be applied on textile substrates. Besides gate, active and contact layers, the isolating or dielectric layer is of high importance in the OFET architecture. Therefore, generating a high quality dielectric layer that is of low roughness and insulating at the same time is one of the fundamental requirements in building microelectronics on textile surfaces. To evaluate its potential, we have studied polyimide as a dielectric layer, dip-coated onto copper-coated polyester filaments. Accordingly, the copper-coated polyester filament was dip-coated from a polyimide solution with two different solvents, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP and dimethylformaldehyde. A variety of dip-coating speeds, solution concentrations and solvent-solute combinations have been tested. Their effect on the quality of the layer was analysed through microscopy, leak current measurements and atomic force microscopy (AFM. Polyimide dip-coating with polyimide resin dissolved in NMP at a concentration of 15w% in combination with a dip-coating speed of 50 mm/min led to the best results in electrical insulation and roughness. By optimising the dielectric layer’s properties, the way is paved for applying the subsequent semi-conductive layer. In further research, we will be working with the organic semiconductor material TIPS-Pentacene

  4. Compositional optimization of polyimide-based SEPPI membranes using a genetic algorithm and high-throughput techniques.


    Vandezande, P.; Gevers, LEM; Weyens, Nele; Vankelecom, IFJ


    Asymmetric, nanosized zeolite-filled solvent resistant nanofiltration (SRNF) membranes, prepared from emulsified polyimide (PI) solutions via the earlier reported solidification of emulsified polymer solutions via phase inversion (SEPPI) method, were optimized for their performance in the separation of rose bengal (RB) from 2-propanol (IPA). All membranes were prepared and tested in a parallellized, miniaturized, and automated manner using laboratory-developed high-throughput experimentation ...

  5. Effect of Film Thickness and Physical Aging on “Intrinsic” Gas Permeation Properties of Microporous Ethanoanthracene-Based Polyimides

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    Two ethanoanthracene-based dianhydrides, 9,10-dimethylethanoanthracene-2,3,6,7-tetracarboxylic anhydride (EA-DA) and its more flexible dibenzodioxane-containing derivative (EAD-DA), were synthesized from the same starting material, 9,10-dimethyl-ethanoanthracene-2,3,6,7-tetraol, and used for the preparation of bicyclic intrinsically microporous polyimides (PIM-PIs) by one-pot polycondensation reaction with 3,3′-dimethylnaphthidine (DMN). The resulting organosoluble polyimides, EA-DMN and EAD-DMN, were thermally stable up to 300 °C and had good mechanical properties with tensile strength of 55 and 63 MPa and elongation at break of 15 and 30%, respectively. EA-DMN and EAD-DMN polyimides displayed Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface areas of 720 and 800 m2 g–1, respectively. Fresh films showed promising gas separation performance with very high gas permeabilities and moderate gas-pair selectivities, which were both strongly dependent on film thickness. The results obtained in this study shed more light on the relative importance of film thickness and physical aging on faster attainment of the “intrinsic” gas transport properties of high free volume PIM-PIs.

  6. Structure and Transport Properties of Mixed-Matrix Membranes Based on Polyimides with ZrO2 Nanostars

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    Maria P. Sokolova


    Full Text Available Mixed-matrix membranes based on amorphous and semi-crystalline polyimides with zirconium dioxide (ZrO2 nanostars were synthesized. Amorphous poly(4,4′-oxydiphenylenepyromellitimide and semi-crystalline polyimide prepared from 1,4-bis(4-aminophenoxybenzene and 4,4’-oxydiphthalic anhydride were used. The effect of ZrO2 nanostars on the structure and morphology of nanocomposite membranes was studied by wide-angle X-ray scattering, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and contact angle measurements. Thermal properties and stability were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. Transport properties of hybrid membranes containing 5 wt % ZrO2 were tested for pervaporation of a mixture of butanol–water with 10 wt % H2O content. It was found that a significant amount of the ZrO2 added to the semi-crystalline polyimide is encapsulated inside spherulites. Therefore, the beneficial influence of inorganic filler on the selectivity of mixed-matrix membrane with respect to water was hampered. Mixed-matrix membranes based on amorphous polymer demonstrated the best performance, because water molecules had higher access to inorganic particles.

  7. Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Microporous Dihydroxyl-Functionalized Triptycene-Diamine-Based Polyimide for Natural Gas Membrane Separation. (United States)

    Alaslai, Nasser; Ma, Xiaohua; Ghanem, Bader; Wang, Yingge; Alghunaimi, Fahd; Pinnau, Ingo


    An intrinsically microporous polyimide is synthesized in m-cresol by a one-pot high-temperature condensation reaction of 4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride (6FDA) and newly designed 2,6 (7)-dihydroxy-3,7(6)-diaminotriptycene (DAT1-OH). The 6FDA-DAT1-OH polyimide is thermally stable up to 440 °C, shows excellent solubility in polar solvents, and has moderately high Brunauer-Teller-Emmett (BET) surface area of 160 m 2 g -1 , as determined by nitrogen adsorption at -196 °C. Hydroxyl functionalization applied to the rigid 3D triptycene-based diamine building block results in a polyimide that exhibits moderate pure-gas CO 2 permeability of 70 Barrer combined with high CO 2 /CH 4 selectivity of 50. Mixed-gas permeation studies demonstrate excellent plasticization resistance of 6FDA-DAT1-OH with impressive performance as potential membrane material for natural gas sweetening with a CO 2 permeability of 50 Barrer and CO 2 /CH 4 selectivity of 40 at a typical natural gas well partial pressure of 10 atm. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Microporous Dihydroxyl-Functionalized Triptycene-Diamine-Based Polyimide for Natural Gas Membrane Separation

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    Alaslai, Nasser Y.


    An intrinsically microporous polyimide is synthesized in m-cresol by a one-pot high-temperature condensation reaction of 4,4\\'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride (6FDA) and newly designed 2,6 (7)-dihydroxy-3,7(6)-diaminotriptycene (DAT1-OH). The 6FDA-DAT1-OH polyimide is thermally stable up to 440 °C, shows excellent solubility in polar solvents, and has moderately high Brunauer-Teller-Emmett (BET) surface area of 160 m2 g-1 , as determined by nitrogen adsorption at -196 °C. Hydroxyl functionalization applied to the rigid 3D triptycene-based diamine building block results in a polyimide that exhibits moderate pure-gas CO2 permeability of 70 Barrer combined with high CO2 /CH4 selectivity of 50. Mixed-gas permeation studies demonstrate excellent plasticization resistance of 6FDA-DAT1-OH with impressive performance as potential membrane material for natural gas sweetening with a CO2 permeability of 50 Barrer and CO2 /CH4 selectivity of 40 at a typical natural gas well partial pressure of 10 atm.

  9. Structure-to-property Relationships in Addition Cured Polymers 2: Resin Tg Composite Initial Mechanical Properties of Norbornenyl Cured Polyimide Resins (United States)

    Alston, W. B.


    PRM (polymerization of monomeric reactants) methodology was used to prepare thirty different polyimide oligomeric resins. Monomeric composition as well as chain length between sites of crosslinks were varied to examine their effects on glass transition temperature (Tg) of the cured/postcured resins. An almost linear correlation of Tg versus molecular distance between the crosslinks was observed. An attempt was made to correlate Tg with initial mechanical properties (flexural strength and interlaminar shear strength) of unidirectional graphite fiber composites prepared with these resins. However, the scatter in mechanical strength data prevented obtaining as clear a correlation as was observed for the structural modification/crosslink distance versus Tg. Instead, only a range of composite mechanical properties was obtained at the test temperatures studied (room temperature, 288 and 316 C). Perhaps more importantly, what did become apparent during the attempted correlation study was: (1) that PMR methodology could be used to prepare composites from resins that contain a wide variety of monomer modifications, and (2) that these composites almost invariably provided satisfactory initial mechanical properties as long as the resins selected were melt processable.

  10. Structure-to-property relationships in addition cured polymers. II - Resin Tg and composite initial mechanical properties of norbornenyl cured polyimide resins (United States)

    Alston, William B.


    PRM (polymerization of monomeric reactants) methodology was used to prepare thirty different polyimide oligomeric resins. Monomeric composition as well as chain length between sites of crosslinks were varied to examine their effects on glass transition temperature (Tg) of the cured/postcured resins. An almost linear correlation of Tg versus molecular distance between the crosslinks was observed. An attempt was made to correlate Tg with initial mechanical properties (flexural strength and interlaminar shear strength) of unidirectional graphite fiber composites prepared with these resins. However, the scatter in mechanical strength data prevented obtaining as clear a correlation as was observed for the structural modification/crosslink distance versus Tg. Instead, only a range of composite mechanical properties was obtained at the test temperatures studied (room temperature, 288 and 316 C). Perhaps more importantly, what did become apparent during the attempted correlation study was: (1) that PMR methodology could be used to prepare composites from resins that contain a wide variety of monomer modifications, and (2) that these composites almost invariably provided satisfactory initial mechanical properties as long as the resins selected were melt processable.

  11. Nitrogen-doped 3D flower-like carbon materials derived from polyimide as high-performance anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (United States)

    Wu, Qiong; Liu, Jiaqi; Yuan, Chenpei; Li, Qiang; Wang, Heng-guo


    Nitrogen-doped 3D flower-like carbon materials (NFCs) have been fabricated using a simple and effective strategy, namely, the hierarchical assembly of polyimide (PI) and subsequent thermal treatment. The effect of pyrolysis temperature on the structural evolution process of PI is also investigated systematically. When evaluated as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), the as-obtained NFCs, especially NFCs-550, exhibit good electrochemical performance, including a high reversible capacity (1488.1 mAh g-1 at 0.05 A g-1), excellent rate performance (287.6 mAh g-1 at 2 A g-1), and good cycling stability (645 mAh g-1 with 96% retention after 300 cycles at 0.1 A g-1). The good electrochemical performance is attributed to the synergistic effect between 3D flower-like nanostructure and high nitrogen content. This approach may provide some inspiration to construct a series of heteroatom doped and hierarchical structured carbon materials using polymers for LIBs.

  12. Surface modification of TiO2 nanoparticles with biodegradable nanocellolose and synthesis of novel polyimide/cellulose/TiO2 membrane. (United States)

    Ahmadizadegan, Hashem


    In this paper, novel polyimide/cellulose/TiO2 bionanocomposites (PI/BNCs) were prepared via a simple and inexpensive ultrasonic irradiation process. PI was synthesized by direct polycondensation reaction of novel monomer dianhydride with 4-(2-(4-aminophenyl)-1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoropropan-2-yl)benzenamine. Due to the high surface energy and tendency for agglomeration the surface of nanoparticles was modified with cellulose. PI/BNCs containing 5, 10, and 15% of cellulose/TiO2 (BNCs) were successfully fabricated through ultrasonic irradiation technique. The obtained PI/BNCs were characterized by Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetry analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Thermogravimetric analysis data indicated an increase thermal stability of the PI/BNC polymers in compared to the pure polymer. From TEM image of PI/BNCs it can be found that the surface modified TiO2 with diametric size of less than 50nm, uniformly dispersed in the obtained PI matrix. The results obtained from gas permeation experiments with a constant pressure setup indicated that adding cellulose/TiO2 to the polymeric membrane structure increased the permeability of the membranes. Copyright © 2016 The Author. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Pretilt angle control of liquid crystal molecules by photoaligned films of azobenzene-containing polyimide with a different content of side-chain (United States)

    Usami, Kiyoaki; Sakamoto, Kenji; Yokota, Junichiro; Uehara, Yoichi; Ushioda, Sukekatsu


    We have investigated the pretilt angle of liquid crystal (LC) molecules induced by photoaligned films of a series of polyimides. The polyimides were random copolymers synthesized from pyromellitic dianhydride and a mixture of 4,4'-diaminoazobenzene and 4-[4'-propylbi(cyclohexan)-4-yl]phenyl 3,5-diaminobenzoate (PBCP-DABA). PBCP-DABA is a diamine to introduce a side-chain structure into polyimide. We found that the pretilt angle of LC molecules can be controlled from 0° to 90° by varying the molar fraction (x) of PBCP-DABA from 0 to 0.5. Defect-free uniform LC alignment was observed for x ≤0.125 and x ≥0.3, but threadlike textures appeared for 0.15≤x≤0.25. Since the interaction between the polyimide backbone structure and the LC molecule may be blocked by relatively dense side-chains, the appearance of threadlike texture is tentatively attributed to weak azimuthal anchoring strength of the photoaligned polyimide films with x ≥0.15.

  14. Effect of heterocyclic based organoclays on the properties of polyimide-clay nanocomposites. (United States)

    Krishnan, P Santhana Gopala; Joshi, Mangala; Bhargava, Prachur; Valiyaveettil, Suresh; He, Chaobin


    Polyimide-clay nanocomposites were prepared from their precursor, namely, polyamic acid, by the solution-casting method. Organomodified montmorillonite (MMT) clay was prepared by treating Na+MMT (Kunipia F) with three different intercalating agents, namely, piperazine dihydrochloride, 1,3-bis(4-piperidinylpropane) dihydrochloride and 4,4'-bipiperidine dihydrochloride at 80 degrees C. Polyamic acid solutions containing various weight percentages of organomodified MMT were prepared by reacting 4,4'-(1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diyldioxy)dianiline with bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-ene-2,3,5,6-tetracarboxylic dianhydride in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone containing dispersed particles of organomodified MMT at 20 degrees C. Nanocomposite films were prepared from these solutions by solution casting and heated subsequently at a programmed heating rate. These films were transparent and brown in color. The extent of layer separation in nanocomposite films depends upon the chemical structure of the organoclay. These films were characterized by inherent viscosity, FT-IR, DSC, TMA, WAXD, TEM, UV, and TGA. The tensile behavior and surface energy studies were also investigated. The nanocomposite films had superior tensile properties, thermal behavior, and solvent resistance. Among the three organoclays, piperazine dihydrochloride was the best modifier.

  15. The effects of high electronic energy loss on the chemical modification of polyimide

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    SunYouMei; Jin Yun Fan; Liu Chang Long; LiuJie; Wang Zhi Guang; Zhang Qi; Zhu Zhi Yong


    In order to observe the role of electronic energy loss (dE/dX) sub e on chemical modification of polyimide (PI), the multi-layer stacks (corresponding to different dE/dX) were irradiated by different swift heavy ions (1.37 GeV Ar sup 4 sup 0 , 1.98 GeV Kr sup 8 sup 4 , 1.755 GeV Xe sup 1 sup 3 sup 6 and 2.636 GeV U sup 2 sup 3 sup 8) under vacuum and room temperature. The chemical changes of modified PI films were studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis) absorption spectroscopy. The degradation of PI was investigated in the fluence range from 1x10 sup 1 sup 0 to 5.5x10 sup 1 sup 2 ions/cm sup 2 and different electronic energy loss from 0.77 to 11.5 keV/nm. The FTIR results show the absorbance of the typical function group decrease exponentially as a function of fluence. The alkyne end group was found after irradiation and its formation radii were 5.6 and 5.9 nm corresponding to 8.8 and 11.5 keV/nm Xe irradiation respectively. UV/Vis analysis indicates the radiation induced...

  16. Highly Sulfonated Diamine Synthesized Polyimides and Protic Ionic Liquid Composite Membranes Improve PEM Conductivity

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    Bor-Kuan Chen


    Full Text Available A novel sulfonated diamine was synthesized from 1,4-bis(4-aminophenoxy benzene [pBAB]. Sulfonated polyimides (SPIs were synthesized from sulfonated pBAB, 1,4-bis(4-aminophenoxy-2-sulfonic acid benzenesulfonic acid [pBABTS], various diamines and aromatic dianhydrides. Composite proton exchange membranes (PEMs made of novel SPIs and a protic ionic liquid (PIL 1-vinyl-3-H-imidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate [VIm][OTf] showed substantially increased conductivity. We prepared an SPI/PIL composite PEM using pBABTS, 4,4′-(9-fluorenylidene dianiline (9FDA as diamine, 3,3′,4,4′-diphenylsulfone tetracarboxylic dianhydride (DSDA as dianhydride and 40 wt % [VIm][OTf] with a high conductivity of 16 mS/cm at 120 °C and anhydrous condition. pBABTS offered better conductivity, since the chemical structure had more sulfonated groups that provide increased conductivity. The new composite membrane could be a promising anhydrous or low-humidity PEM for intermediate or high-temperature fuel cells.

  17. High-Glass-Transition-Temperature Polyimides Developed for Reusable Launch Vehicle Applications (United States)

    Chuang, Kathy; Ardent, Cory P.


    Polyimide composites have been traditionally used for high-temperature applications in aircraft engines at temperatures up to 550 F (288 C) for thousands of hours. However, as NASA shifts its focus toward the development of advanced reusable launch vehicles, there is an urgent need for lightweight polymer composites that can sustain 600 to 800 F (315 to 427 C) for short excursions (hundreds of hours). To meet critical vehicle weight targets, it is essential that one use lightweight, high-temperature polymer matrix composites in propulsion components such as turbopump housings, ducts, engine supports, and struts. Composite materials in reusable launch vehicle components will heat quickly during launch and reentry. Conventional composites, consisting of layers of fabric or fiber-reinforced lamina, would either blister or encounter catastrophic delamination under high heating rates above 300 C. This blistering and delamination are the result of a sudden volume expansion within the composite due to the release of absorbed moisture and gases generated by the degradation of the polymer matrix. Researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center and the Boeing Company (Long Beach, CA) recently demonstrated a successful approach for preventing this delamination--the use of three-dimensional stitched composites fabricated by resin infusion.

  18. Design, fabrication and test of graphite/polyimide composite joints and attachments for advanced aerospace vehicles (United States)

    Barclay, D. L.


    Results of an experimental program to develop several types of graphite/polyimide (GR/PI) bonded and bolted joints for lightly loaded flight components for advanced space transportation systems and high speed aircraft are presented. Tasks accomplished include: a literature survey; design of static discriminator specimens; design allowables testing; fabrication of test panels and specimens; small specimen testing; and standard joint testing. Detail designs of static discriminator specimens for each of the four major attachment types are presented. Test results are given for the following: (1) transverse tension of Celion 3000/PMR-15 laminate; (2) net tension of a laminate for both a loaded and unloaded bolt hole; (3) comparative testing of bonded and co-cured doublers along with pull-off tests of single and double bonded angles; (4) single lap shear tests, transverse tension and coefficient of thermal expansion tests of A7F (LARC-13 amide-imide modified) adhesive; and (5) tension tests of standard single lap, double lap, and symmetric step lap bonded joints. Also, included are results of a finite element analysis of a single lap bonded composite joint.

  19. Carbon molecular sieve gas separation membranes based on an intrinsically microporous polyimide precursor

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    We report the physical characteristics and gas transport properties for a series of pyrolyzed membranes derived from an intrinsically microporous polyimide containing spiro-centers (PIM-6FDA-OH) by step-wise heat treatment to 440, 530, 600, 630 and 800 C, respectively. At 440 C, the PIM-6FDA-OH was converted to a polybenzoxazole and exhibited a 3-fold increase in CO2 permeability (from 251 to 683 Barrer) with a 50% reduction in selectivity over CH4 (from 28 to 14). At 530 C, a distinct intermediate amorphous carbon structure with superior gas separation properties was formed. A 56% increase in CO2-probed surface area accompanied a 16-fold increase in CO2 permeability (4110 Barrer) over the pristine polymer. The graphitic carbon membrane, obtained by heat treatment at 600 C, exhibited excellent gas separation properties, including a remarkable CO2 permeability of 5040 Barrer with a high selectivity over CH4 of 38. Above 600 C, the strong emergence of ultramicroporosity (<7 Å) as evidenced by WAXD and CO2 adsorption studies elicits a prominent molecular sieving effect, yielding gas separation performance well above the permeability-selectivity trade-off curves of polymeric membranes. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Carbon molecular sieve membranes derived from Matrimid® polyimide for nitrogen/methane separation

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    Ning, Xue


    A commercial polyimide, Matrimid® 5218, was pyrolyzed under an inert argon atmosphere to produce carbon molecular sieve (CMS) dense film membranes for nitrogen/methane separation. The resulting CMS dense film separation performance was evaluated using both pure and mixed N2/CH4 permeation tests. The effects of final pyrolysis temperature on N 2/CH4 separation are reported. The separation performance of all CMS dense films significantly exceeds the polymer precursor dense film. The CMS dense film pyrolyzed at 800 C shows very attractive separation performance that surpasses the polymer membrane upper bound line, with N 2 permeability of 6.8 Barrers and N2/CH4 permselectivity of 7.7 from pure gas permeation, and N2 permeability of 5.2 Barrers and N2/CH4 permselectivity of 6.0 from mixed gas permeation. The temperature dependences of permeabilities, sorption coefficients, and diffusion coefficients of the membrane were studied, and the activation energy for permeation and diffusion, as well as the apparent heats of sorption are reported. The high permselectivity of this dense film is shown to arise from a significant entropic contribution in the diffusion selectivity. The study shows that the rigid \\'slit-shaped\\' CMS pore structure can enable a strong molecular sieving effect to effectively distinguish the size and shape difference between N2 and CH4. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Superhydrophobic Polyimide via Ultraviolet Photooxidation: The Evolution of Surface Morphology and Hydrophobicity under Different Ultraviolet Intensities

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    Hongyu Gu


    Full Text Available Ultraviolet (UV photooxidation has recently been developed to fabricate superhydrophobic polyimide (PI films in combination with fluoroalkylsilane modification. However, it remains unclear whether the surface morphology and hydrophobicity are sensitive to technical parameters such as UV intensity and radiation environment. Herein, we focus on the effects of UV intensity on PI surface structure and wettability to gain comprehensive understanding and more effective control of this technology. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM results showed that UV intensity governed the evolutionary pattern of surface morphology: lower UV intensity (5 mW/cm2 facilitated in-plane expansion of dendritic protrusions while stronger UV (10 and 15 mW/cm2 encouraged localized growth of protrusions in a piling-up manner. Surface roughness and hydrophobicity maximized at the intensity of 10 mW/cm2, as a consequence of the slowed horizontal expansion and preferred vertical growth of the protrusions when UV intensity increased. Based on these results, the mechanism that surface micro/nanostructures developed in distinct ways when exposed to different UV intensities was proposed. Though superhydrophobicity (water contact angle larger than 150° can be achieved at UV intensity not less than 10 mW/cm2, higher intensity decreased the effectiveness. Therefore, the UV photooxidation under 10 mW/cm2 for 72 h is recommended to fabricate superhydrophobic PI films.

  2. Effects of Supercritical CO 2 Conditioning on Cross-Linked Polyimide Membranes

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    Kratochvil, Adam M.


    The effects of supercritical CO2 (scCO2) conditioning on high-performance cross-linked polyimide membranes is examined through gas permeation and sorption experiments. Under supercritical conditions, the cross-linked polymers do not exhibit a structural reorganization of the polymer matrix that was observed in the non-cross-linkable, free acid polymer. Pure gas permeation isotherms and mixed gas permeabilities and selectivities show the cross-linked polymers to be much more stable to scCO2 conditioning than the free acid polymer. In fact, following scCO2 conditioning, the mixed gas CO2 permeabilities of the cross-linked polymers increased while the CO2/CH4 separation factors remained relatively unchanged. This response highlights the stability and high performance of these cross-linked membranes in aggressive environments. In addition, this response reveals the potential for the preconditioning of cross-linked polymer membranes to enhance productivity without sacrificing efficiency in practical applications which, in effect, provides another tool to \\'tune\\' membrane properties for a given separation. Finally, the dual mode model accurately describes the sorption and dilation characteristics of the cross-linked polymers. The changes in the dual mode sorption model parameters before and after the scCO2 exposure also provide insights into the alterations in the different glassy samples due to the cross-linking and scCO2 exposure. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  3. Langmuir-Blodgett films of physical and chemical polyimide mixtures from linear and network precursors

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    Wang Jinwei [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)]. E-mail:


    Physical and chemical mixture Langmuir-Blodgett polyimide films were obtained by reacting mellitic acid hexamethyl ester with pyromellitic anhydride and 4,4'-diaminodiphenyl ether followed by formation of polyamic acid salts with octadecyl amine. The additions of mellitic acid hexamethyl ester provided more reinforcement to the copolymers than the blends because of the more evenly distributed linear and network segments as observed from the {pi}-A isotherms. The alkyl chains randomly tilted to the normal of the substrate at an angle about 20{sup o} while the tilt angels increased with the increase of the amount of mellitic acid hexamethyl ester. The ordered chain packing pattern along the dipping direction was disrupted and even disappeared if more mellitic acid hexamethyl ester was added as shown from the atomic force microscopy images. Accordingly, the X-ray diffraction results showed that the crystallinity decreased with the increase of the amount of mellitic acid hexamethyl ester. The branched component, the mellitic acid hexamethyl ester, had much more effects both in structure and morphology on the copolymers than on the blends.

  4. Surface modification of POSS–polyimide hybrid films by atomic oxygen using ECR plasma

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    Duo, Shuwang, E-mail: [Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Surface Engineering, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013 (China); Ke, Huan; Liu, Tingzhi; Song, Mimi [Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Surface Engineering, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013 (China); Li, Meishuan [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)


    A novel polyimide (PI) hybrid nanocomposite containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) had been prepared by copolymerization of trisilanolphenyl-POSS, 4,4′-oxydianiline (ODA), and pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA). The atomic oxygen (AO) resistance of these PI/POSS hybrid films was tested in the ground-based AO simulation facility. Exposed and unexposed surfaces were characterized by SEM and XPS. The SEM images showed that the surface of the 20 wt.% PI/POSS became much less rough than that of the pristine PI. Mass measurements of the samples showed that the erosion yield of the PI/POSS (20 wt.%) hybrid film was 1.2 × 10{sup −25} cm{sup 3}/atom, and reduced to 4.3% of that of the PI film. The XPS data indicated that the carbon content of the near-surface region was decreased from 66.0 to 7.0 at.% after AO exposure. The ratio of oxygen and silicon concentrations in the near-surface region increased to 2.08 after AO exposure. The nanometer-sized structure of POSS, with its large surface area, had led AO-irradiated samples to form a SiO{sub 2} passivation layer, which protected the underlying polymer from further AO attack. The incorporation of POSS into the PI could dramatically improve the AO resistance of PI films in low earth orbit environment.

  5. Low-stress photosensitive polyimide suspended membrane for improved thermal isolation performance (United States)

    Fan, J.; Xing, R. Y.; Wu, W. J.; Liu, H. F.; Liu, J. Q.; Tu, L. C.


    In this paper, we introduce a method of isolating thermal conduction from silicon substrate for accommodating thermal-sensitive micro-devices. This method lies in fabrication of a low-stress photosensitive polyimide (PSPI) suspension structure which has lower thermal conductivity than silicon. First, a PSPI layer was patterned on a silicon wafer and hard baked. Then, a cavity was etched from the backside of the silicon substrate to form a membrane or a bridge-shape PSPI structure. After releasing, a slight deformation of about 20 nm was observed in the suspended structures, suggesting ultralow residual stress which is essential for accommodating micro-devices. In order to investigate the thermal isolation performance of the suspended PSPI structures, micro Pirani vacuum gauges, which are thermal-sensitive, had been fabricated on the PSPI structures. The measurement results illustrated that the Pirani gauges worked as expected in the range from 1– 470 Pa. Moreover, the results of the Pirani gauges based on the membrane and bridge structures were comparable, indicating that the commonly used bridge-shape structure for further reducing thermal conduction was unnecessary. Due to the excellent thermal isolation performance of PSPI, the suspended PSPI membrane is promising to be an outstanding candidate for thermal isolation applications.

  6. Self lubricating composites for medium temperatures in space based on polyimide SINTIMID (United States)

    Merstallinger, A.; Bieringer, H.; Kubinger, E.; Gaillard, L.; Brenner, J.; Mozdzen, G.


    The paper is surveying the results of an ESA-project on a polyimide composite named "SINTIMID". The main target was to find a self lubricating composite (SLC) which is suitable for missions to the inner solar system, where operating temperatures up to 300°C in vacuum are expected. The paper comprises a short introduction into the requirements derived from ECSS for SLC material intended for use in journal bearings working in space. It covers a brief description of new equipments for medium temperatures "vacuum tribometer" and "Journal Bearing Test rig". The presented results will cover mainly the friction and wear behaviour and component test performance. The influences of parameters like load, speed, atmosphere and temperature are discussed and compared to other already known materials, e.g. Vespel SP3. The verification procedure included three phases: a screening on several compositions with different fillers and combinations, a detailed friction test campaign on two best compositions (15M and 30M) and a final bush testing on only the best (15M=15w% MoS2). All material properties in relation to ECSS E30 were verified. No objections to the requirements were identified. Finally, a recommendation for design of bushes was set up on the results.

  7. An Ensemble Learning for Predicting Breakdown Field Strength of Polyimide Nanocomposite Films

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    Hai Guo


    Full Text Available Using the method of Stochastic Gradient Boosting, ten SMO-SVR are constructed into a strong prediction model (SGBS model that is efficient in predicting the breakdown field strength. Adopting the method of in situ polymerization, thirty-two samples of nanocomposite films with different percentage compositions, components, and thicknesses are prepared. Then, the breakdown field strength is tested by using voltage test equipment. From the test results, the correlation coefficient (CC, the mean absolute error (MAE, the root mean squared error (RMSE, the relative absolute error (RAE, and the root relative squared error (RRSE are 0.9664, 14.2598, 19.684, 22.26%, and 25.01% with SGBS model. The result indicates that the predicted values fit well with the measured ones. Comparisons between models such as linear regression, BP, GRNN, SVR, and SMO-SVR have also been made under the same conditions. They show that CC of the SGBS model is higher than those of other models. Nevertheless, the MAE, RMSE, RAE, and RRSE of the SGBS model are lower than those of other models. This demonstrates that the SGBS model is better than other models in predicting the breakdown field strength of polyimide nanocomposite films.

  8. Enhanced thermal stability of RuO2/polyimide interface for flexible device applications (United States)

    Music, Denis; Schmidt, Paul; Chang, Keke


    We have studied the thermal stability of RuO2/polyimide (Kapton) interface using experimental and theoretical methods. Based on calorimetric and spectroscopic analyses, this inorganic-organic system does not exhibit any enthalpic peaks as well as all bonds in RuO2 and Kapton are preserved up to 500 °C. In addition, large-scale density functional theory based molecular dynamics, carried out in the same temperature range, validates the electronic structure and points out that numerous Ru-C and a few Ru-O covalent/ionic bonds form across the RuO2/Kapton interface. This indicates strong adhesion, but there is no evidence of Kapton degradation upon thermal excitation. Furthermore, RuO2 does not exhibit any interfacial bonds with N and H in Kapton, providing additional evidence for the thermal stability notion. It is suggested that the RuO2/Kapton interface is stable due to aromatic architecture of Kapton. This enhanced thermal stability renders Kapton an appropriate polymeric substrate for RuO2 containing systems in various applications, especially for flexible microelectronic and energy devices.

  9. Free volume analysis and gas transport mechanisms of aromatic polyimide membranes: a molecular simulation study. (United States)

    Chang, Kai-Shiun; Tung, Chieng-Chi; Wang, Ko-Shung; Tung, Kuo-Lun


    Molecular simulation techniques were adopted to investigate membrane free volume morphologies and gas-transport mechanisms in the aromatic polyimide (PI) membranes composed of various diamines and dianhydrides. A molecular dynamics (MD) technique was adopted to analyze the fractional free volume (FFV), fractional accessible volume (FAV), free volume size and shape, and diffusion mechanisms. A Monte Carlo (MC) method was used to analyze the gas sorption behaviors in the membranes. The FFV, FAV, and free volume morphology analyses reveal that bulky groups in the PI membranes contributed to the formation of a larger and more continuous free volume. The thermal motion analysis shows that a greater effective free volume in the membranes promoted effective motion, such as jumping and diffusive motions. The sorption analysis indicates that the larger free volume provides more sites for gas molecule absorption. The MD and MC results provide good agreement with the experimental data from past reports, which validates the feasibility of molecular simulation techniques in gas separation membranes at a molecular scale.

  10. Functional separator consisted of polyimide nonwoven fabrics and polyethylene coating layer for lithium-ion batteries (United States)

    Shi, Chuan; Zhang, Peng; Huang, Shaohua; He, Xinyi; Yang, Pingting; Wu, Dezhi; Sun, Daoheng; Zhao, Jinbao


    In this paper, a composite membrane with nonwoven polyimide (PI) membrane as structural support and polyethylene (PE) particles coating layer as a thermal shutdown layer, is fabricated as the separator for lithium-ion battery. Different from PI nonwoven membrane, the PE coating PI nonwoven composite membrane (PE-PI-S) not only shows excellent thermal shutdown function, similar to traditional multilayer PP/PE/PP separator, but also exhibits much higher thermal stability, better wettability to the polar electrolyte and lower internal resistance than the PP/PE/PP separator. The electrolyte uptake and ionic conductivity of PE-PI-S increase from 58%, 0.84 mS cm-1 to 400%, 1.34 mS cm-1, respectively. Furthermore, the thermal shutdown function of PE-PI-S can be controlled widely in the temperature range from 120 °C to more than 200 °C while the multilayer PP/PE/PP separator only with a shutdown temperature range from 130 °C to 160 °C. Lithium ion battery with PE-PI-S nonwoven separator also shows excellent stable cycling and good rate performance.

  11. Superhydrophobic polyimide films with high thermal endurance via UV photo-oxidation

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    L. X. Song


    Full Text Available UV photo-oxidation was first applied to fabricate superhydrophobic polyimide (PI films in combination with fluoroalkylsilane (FAS modification. During prolonged UV irradiation, commercial flat PI films evolved to form unique micro/nanostructures. Meanwhile, the root mean square (RMS surface roughness increased from 1.74 to 53.70 nm, leading to a gradual increase of WCA from 105.1 to 159.2° after FAS treatment. After 72 h of UV radiation exposure, the micro/nano-structured and FAS-modified PI films exhibited superhydrophobicity with water contact angle (WCA larger than 150° and sliding angle (SA less than 5°. The superhydrophobicity remained even after annealing at 350°C, which enabled stable utilization under elevated temperature. Stable micro/nanostructures and chemical bonding of FAS were found to contribute to the high thermal endurance. Moreover, the formation mechanism of the superhydrophobic PI films was investigated. The proposed UV photo-oxidation method provides a new route for the industrial fabrication of thermally stable superhydrophobic PI films.

  12. Conducting-tip AFM Studies of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube/Polyimide Nanocomposites (United States)

    Trionfi, A.; Scrymgeour, D.; Hsu, J. W. P.; Arlen, M. J.; Wang, D.; Tan, L.-S.; Vaia, R. A.


    Electrical transport studies of multi-walled carbon nanotube (c-MWNT)/polymer nanocomposites have shown metallic behavior with conductivity σ=σ0( φ-φc )^t above the percolation threshold. The conductivity depends on three aspects of the conducting network (CN): the conductivity of the constituent c-MWNT, the number of c-MWNT making up the CN, and the detailed interconnectivity of the CN. Using conducting-tip atomic force microscopy (C-AFM), we have studied the density and conductivity of the c-MWNT CN as a function of c-MWNT loading between 0.5 - 5.0 wt % in a polyimide matrix. Using the Principle of Delesse, the volume fraction of the c-MWNT CN can be calculated from the conducting areal density measured in the C-AFM scans. The results of the C-AFM tests have shown localized areas of electrical transport associated with c-MWNT as well a clear dependence of conducting areal density and conductivity on the c-MWNT loading. This work was performed in part at the US Department of Energy, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin Company, for the U. S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  13. High-performance polyimide nanocomposites with core-shell AgNWs@BN for electronic packagings

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    Zhou, Yongcun; Liu, Feng, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an Shaanxi 710072 (China)


    The increasing density of electronic devices underscores the need for efficient thermal management. Silver nanowires (AgNWs), as one-dimensional nanostructures, possess a high aspect ratio and intrinsic thermal conductivity. However, high electrical conductivity of AgNWs limits their application for electronic packaging. We synthesized boron nitride-coated silver nanowires (AgNWs@BN) using a flexible and fast method followed by incorporation into synthetic polyimide (PI) for enhanced thermal conductivity and dielectric properties of nanocomposites. The thinner boron nitride intermediate nanolayer on AgNWs not only alleviated the mismatch between AgNWs and PI but also enhanced their interfacial interaction. Hence, the maximum thermal conductivity of an AgNWs@BN/PI composite with a filler loading up to 20% volume was increased to 4.33 W/m K, which is an enhancement by nearly 23.3 times compared with that of the PI matrix. The relative permittivity and dielectric loss were about 9.89 and 0.015 at 1 MHz, respectively. Compared with AgNWs@SiO{sub 2}/PI and Ag@BN/PI composites, boron nitride-coated core-shell structures effectively increased the thermal conductivity and reduced the permittivity of nanocomposites. The relative mechanism was studied and discussed. This study enables the identification of appropriate modifier fillers for polymer matrix nanocomposites.

  14. Effects of polyimide pyrolysis conditions on carbon molecular sieve membrane properties

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    Geiszler, V.C.; Koros, W.J. [Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)


    In previous research, carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes for gas separations have been produced using either a vacuum pyrolysis or an inert purge pyrolysis technique on a precursor which is often polymeric. This study compares both techniques using the same polyimide precursor material. Additional pyrolysis variables included the type of inert purge gas (argon, helium, and carbon dioxide), purge flow rate, and temperature. Vacuum pyrolysis produced more selective but less productive CMS membranes than the inert purge pyrolyzed membranes. High purge gas flow rates (i.e., 200 standard cubic centimeters per minute or cm{sup 3}(STP)/min) produced a much higher permeability, but lower selectivity membrane compared to those produced in a low purge flow rate (20 cm{sup 3}(STP)/min). By raising the pyrolysis temperature from 550 to 800 C, the effective pore size was reduced, thereby making the CMS membranes more selective but less productive. Mixed gas tests using oxygen/nitrogen and hydrogen/nitrogen mixtures were used to evaluate membrane performance.

  15. Cross-Linkable Polyimide Membranes for Improved Plasticization Resistance and Permselectivity in Sour Gas Separations

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    Kraftschik, Brian


    A series of cross-linkable membrane materials based on the 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2) polyimide backbone were synthesized for improved sour gas separation performance, in terms of both membrane stability and permselectivity. Short-chain poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) molecules were used as cross-linking agents in an esterification-based cross-linking reaction. Pure and mixed gas permeation and pure gas sorption experiments were performed on dense films of these materials. Compared to unmodified 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2), higher sour gas permselectivity and membrane stability were achieved under aggressive feed conditions. H2S-induced plasticization was not evident until pure H2S feed pressures greater than approximately 6-8 bar. Pure CO 2-induced plasticization only occurred at feed pressures greater than about 25 bar. Under mixed gas feed conditions with 20% H2S, 20% CO2, and 60% CH4 at 35 C, attractive selectivities above 22 and 27 for H2S/CH4 and CO2/CH4, respectively, were observed for a feed pressure of 62 bar with both triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol cross-linking agents. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  16. The composition of readily available carbon sources produced by fermentation of fish faeces is affected by dietary protein:energy ratios

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    Letelier-Gordo, Carlos Octavio; Larsen, Bodil Katrine; Dalsgaard, Johanne


    , 17, 19, 21 and 23 g/MJ) to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) on the production of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) and ethanol during 7 days fermentation of the produced fish faeces. The total yields of VFAs and ethanol obtained (expressed as chemical oxygen demand (COD)) ranged between 0.21–0.24 g...... of acetic and valeric acid. Changing the diet composition thus affects the composition of readily available carbon that can be derived from the faeces. This can be applied to enhance on-farm single sludge denitrification and reduce the need for adding external carbon sources such as e.g. methanol....

  17. X Chromosome Inactivation and Differentiation Occur Readily in ES Cells Doubly-Deficient for MacroH2A1 and MacroH2A2 (United States)

    Tanasijevic, Borko; Rasmussen, Theodore P.


    Macrohistones (mH2As) are unusual histone variants found exclusively in vertebrate chromatin. In mice, the H2afy gene encodes two splice variants, mH2A1.1 and mH2A1.2 and a second gene, H2afy2, encodes an additional mH2A2 protein. Both mH2A isoforms have been found enriched on the inactive X chromosome (Xi) in differentiated mammalian female cells, and are incorporated into the chromatin of developmentally-regulated genes. To investigate the functional significance of mH2A isoforms for X chromosome inactivation (XCI), we produced male and female embryonic stem cell (ESC) lines with stably-integrated shRNA constructs that simultaneously target both mH2A1 and mH2A2. Surprisingly, we find that female ESCs deficient for both mH2A1 and mH2A2 readily execute and maintain XCI upon differentiation. Furthermore, male and female mH2A-deficient ESCs proliferate normally under pluripotency culture conditions, and respond to several standard differentiation procedures efficiently. Our results show that XCI can readily proceed with substantially reduced total mH2A content. PMID:21738686

  18. Facile Access to Twisted Intramolecular Charge-Transfer Fluorogens Bearing Highly Pretwisted Donor-Acceptor Systems Together with Readily Fine-Tuned Charge-Transfer Characters. (United States)

    Luo, Yanju; Wang, Yan; Chen, Shiqi; Wang, Ning; Qi, Yige; Zhang, Xiaogen; Yang, Minghui; Huang, Yan; Li, Ming; Yu, Junsheng; Luo, Daibing; Lu, Zhiyun


    Twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) fluorogens bearing highly pretwisted geometries and readily-fine-tuned charge-transfer characters are quite promising sensor and electroluminescence (EL) materials. In this study, by using 4-aryloxy-1,8-naphthalimide derivatives as the molecular framework, it is demonstrated for the first time that a CO bond could serve as the central bond to construct new TICT D-A systems. Photophysical and quantum chemical studies confirm that rotation around central CO bonds is responsible for the formation of a stable TICT state in these compounds. More importantly, owing to the structural adjustability of the aryl moiety and the strong steric interactions between the naphthalimide and the aryl ring systems, these compounds can display readily-fine-tuned TICT characters, hence exhibiting an adjustable solvent polarity threshold for aggregation-induced emission (AIE) activity, and could be AIE-active even in less-polar toluene and nonpolar cyclohexane. Furthermore, these compounds could possess highly-pretwisted ground-state geometries, hence could show good EL performance. The findings reveal a facile but effective molecular constructive strategy for versatile, high-performance optoelectronic TICT compounds. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Triptycene dimethyl-bridgehead dianhydride-based intrinsically microporous hydroxyl-functionalized polyimide for natural gas upgrading

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    Alghunaimi, Fahd


    The synthesis and gas permeation properties of a high-performance hydroxyl-functionalized PIM-polyimide (TDA1-APAF) prepared from a novel 9,10-dimethyl-2,3,6,7-triptycene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (TDA1) and a commercially available 2,2-bis(3-amino-4-hydroxyphenyl)-hexafluoropropane (APAF) diamine monomer are reported. The microporous polymer had a BET surface area based on nitrogen adsorption of 260 m2 g−1. A freshly prepared sample exhibited excellent gas permeation properties: (i) CO2 permeability of 40 Barrer coupled with a CO2/CH4 selectivity of 55 and (ii) H2 permeability of 94 Barrer with a H2/CH4 selectivity of 129. Physical aging over 250 days resulted in significantly enhanced CO2/CH4 and H2/CH4 selectivities of 75 and 183, respectively with only ~ 25% loss in CO2 and H2 permeability. Aged TDA1-APAF exhibited 5-fold higher pure-gas CO2 permeability (30 Barrer) and two-fold higher CO2/CH4 permselectivity over conventional dense cellulose triacetate membranes at 2 bar. In addition, TDA1-APAF polyimide had a N2/CH4 selectivity of 2.3, thereby making it potentially possible to bring natural gas with low, but unacceptable nitrogen content to pipeline specification. Gas mixture permeation experiments with a 1:1 CO2/CH4 feed mixture demonstrated higher mixed- than pure-gas selectivity and plasticization resistance up to 30 bar. These results suggest that intrinsically microporous hydroxyl-functionalized triptycene-based polyimides are promising candidate membrane materials for removal of CO2 from natural gas and hydrogen purification in petrochemical refinery applications.

  20. Optical anisotropy of polyimide and polymethacrylate containing photocrosslinkable chalcone group in the side chain under irradiation of a linearly polarized UV light

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    Choi, Dong Hoon; Cha, Young Kwan [Kyunghee Univ., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)


    Photocrosslinkable soluble polyimide and polymethacrylate compound were synthesized for studying the optically induced anisotropy of the thin films. Chalcone group was introduced into the side chain unit of two polymers. We observed a photodimerization behavior between the double bonds in the chalcone group and an optical anisotropy of these materials by irradiation of a linearly polarized UV light (LPL). Optical anisotropy of the thin film was also investigated by using polarized UV absorption spectroscopy.The dynamic property of optical anisotropy in photoreactive polyimide was compared to that in polymethacrylate containing chalcone group in the side chain.

  1. Optical anisotropy of polyimide and polymethacrylate containing photocrosslinkable chalcone group in the side chain under irradiation of a linearly polarized UV light

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    Choi, D H


    Photocrosslinkable soluble polyimide and polymethacrylate compound were synthesized for studying the optically induced anisotropy of the thin films. Chalcone group was introduced into the side chain unit of two polymers. We observed a photodimerization behavior between the double bonds in the chalcone group and an optical anisotropy of these materials by irradiation of a linearly polarized UV light (LPL). Optical anisotropy of the thin film was also investigated by using polarized UV absorption spectroscopy.The dynamic property of optical anisotropy in photoreactive polyimide was compared to that in polymethacrylate containing chalcone group in the side chain.

  2. Equation-of-state measurements of polyimide at pressures up to 5.8 TPa using low-density foam with laser-driven shock waves. (United States)

    Takamatsu, K; Ozaki, N; Tanaka, K A; Ono, T; Nagai, K; Nakai, M; Watari, T; Sunahara, A; Nakano, M; Kataoka, T; Takenaka, H; Yoshida, M; Kondo, K; Yamanaka, T


    The laser-driven equation-of-state (EOS) experiments for polyimide are presented. The experiments were performed with emission measurements from the rear sides of shocked targets at up to a laser intensity of 10(14) W/cm(2) or higher with 351 nm wavelength and 2.5 ns duration. Polyimide Hugoniot data were obtained up to 0.6 TPa with good accuracy. Applying low-density foam ablator to the EOS unknown material, we also obtained the data at a highest pressure of 5.8 TPa in the nonmetal materials. Those data were in agreement with the theoretical curves.

  3. Characterization of a prototype batch of long polyimide cables designed for fast data transmission on ATLAS ITk strip staves

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    Dopke, Jens; The ATLAS collaboration; Sawyer, Craig; Sullivan, Stephanie W


    The silicon-strip system in the ATLAS ITk detector has individual sensor modules mounted on staves to provide integrated solution for mechanical support, power, cooling, and data transmission. The data and power are transmitted to individual modules on polyimide tapes placed on thermo-mechanical stave cores. The 1.4 m long tapes transmit module data at the rate of 640 Mbps, along with providing several multi-drop clock and command links, and power lines. The first batch of 25 tapes has been produced. We characterized the line impedance and its variation across the batch, examined the tape cross-section, and assessed the variation between design and fabrication.

  4. Reliable and accurate point-based prediction of cumulative infiltration using soil readily available characteristics: A comparison between GMDH, ANN, and MLR (United States)

    Rahmati, Mehdi


    Developing accurate and reliable pedo-transfer functions (PTFs) to predict soil non-readily available characteristics is one of the most concerned topic in soil science and selecting more appropriate predictors is a crucial factor in PTFs' development. Group method of data handling (GMDH), which finds an approximate relationship between a set of input and output variables, not only provide an explicit procedure to select the most essential PTF input variables, but also results in more accurate and reliable estimates than other mostly applied methodologies. Therefore, the current research was aimed to apply GMDH in comparison with multivariate linear regression (MLR) and artificial neural network (ANN) to develop several PTFs to predict soil cumulative infiltration point-basely at specific time intervals (0.5-45 min) using soil readily available characteristics (RACs). In this regard, soil infiltration curves as well as several soil RACs including soil primary particles (clay (CC), silt (Si), and sand (Sa)), saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks), bulk (Db) and particle (Dp) densities, organic carbon (OC), wet-aggregate stability (WAS), electrical conductivity (EC), and soil antecedent (θi) and field saturated (θfs) water contents were measured at 134 different points in Lighvan watershed, northwest of Iran. Then, applying GMDH, MLR, and ANN methodologies, several PTFs have been developed to predict cumulative infiltrations using two sets of selected soil RACs including and excluding Ks. According to the test data, results showed that developed PTFs by GMDH and MLR procedures using all soil RACs including Ks resulted in more accurate (with E values of 0.673-0.963) and reliable (with CV values lower than 11 percent) predictions of cumulative infiltrations at different specific time steps. In contrast, ANN procedure had lower accuracy (with E values of 0.356-0.890) and reliability (with CV values up to 50 percent) compared to GMDH and MLR. The results also revealed

  5. Microscopic degradation mechanism of polyimide film caused by surface discharge under bipolar continuous square impulse voltage (United States)

    Luo, Yang; Wu, Guang-Ning; Liu, Ji-Wu; Peng, Jia; Gao, Guo-Qiang; Zhu, Guang-Ya; Wang, Peng; Cao, Kai-Jiang


    Polyimide (PI) film is an important type of insulating material used in inverter-fed motors. Partial discharge (PD) under a sequence of high-frequency square impulses is one of the key factors that lead to premature failures in insulation systems of inverter-fed motors. In order to explore the damage mechanism of PI film caused by discharge, an aging system of surface discharge under bipolar continuous square impulse voltage (BCSIV) is designed based on the ASTM 2275 01 standard and the electrical aging tests of PI film samples are performed above the partial discharge inception voltage (PDIV). The chemical bonds of PI polymer chains are analyzed through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and the dielectric properties of unaged and aged PI samples are investigated by LCR testers HIOKI 3532-50. Finally, the micro-morphology and micro-structure changes of PI film samples are observed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that the physical and chemical effects of discharge cut off the chemical bonds of PI polymer chains. The fractures of ether bond (C—O—C) and imide ring (C—N—C) on the backbone of a PI polymer chain leads to the decrease of molecular weight, which results in the degradation of PI polymers and the generation of new chemical groups and materials, like carboxylic acid, ketone, aldehydes, etc. The variation of microscopic structure of PI polymers can change the orientation ability of polarizable units when the samples are under an AC electric field, which would cause the dielectric constant ɛ to increase and dielectric loss tan δ to decrease. The SEM images show that the degradation path of PI film is initiated from the surface and then gradually extends to the interior with continuous aging. The injection charge could result in the PI macromolecular chain degradation and increase the trap density in the PI polymer bulk.

  6. Biomimetic electroactive polyimide with rose petal-like surface structure for anticorrosive coating application

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    W. F. Ji


    Full Text Available In this work, an electroactive polyimide (EPI coating with biomimetic surface structure of rose petal used in anticorrosion application was first presented. First of all, amino-capped aniline trimer (ACAT was synthesized by oxidative coupling reaction, followed by characterized through Fourier transform infrared spectroscooy (FTIR, liquid chromatography – mass spcerometry (LC-MS and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR spectroscopy. Subsequently, as-prepared ACAT was reacted with isopropylidenediphenoxy-bis(phthalic anhydride (BPADA to give electroactive poly(amic acid (EPAA. Moreover, poly(dimethylsiloxane (PDMS was used to be the soft negative template for pattern transfer from the surface of rose petal to the surface of polymer coating. The EPI coating with biomimetic structure was obtained by programmed heating the EPAA slurry casting onto the negative PDMS template. The anticorrosive performance of as-prepared biomimetic EPI coating was demonstrated by performing a series of electrochemical measurements (Tafel, Nyquist, and Bode plots upon cold-rolled steel (CRS electrode in a NaCl aqueous solution. It should be noted that the biomimetic EPI coating with rose petal-like structure was found to exhibit better anticorrosion than that of EPI without biomimetic structure. Moreover, the surface contact angle of water droplets for biomimetic EPI coating was found to be ~150°, which is significantly higher than that of EPI coating with smooth structure (~87°, indicating that the EPI coating with biomimetic structure reveals better hydrophobicity. The apparent mechanism for improved anticorrosive properties is twofold: (1 the biomimetic structure of EPI coating can repel water droplets. (2 electroactivity of EPI coating promotes the formation of densely passive layer of metal oxide on metallic surface.

  7. Precision polyimide single surface thin film shell apertures and active boundary control (United States)

    Flint, Eric M.; Lindler, Jason E.; Hall, Jonathan L.; Rankine, Charles; Reggelbrugge, Mark


    This paper discusses the current status of self supporting precision membrane optical shell technology (MOST) apertures based on thin (25 to 125 um thick) polyimide and polyester films primary shell. Optically relevant doubly curved reflective apertures are realized by inducing permanent curvature into thin substrates that can then be coated. The initial thin nature provides both very low areal density (20 to 200 grams/m2) and compatibility with compact roll stowage. The induced curvature/depth provides the ability to support the shell around the periphery at discrete locations and considerable structural and dynamic stiffness. The discrete mounts also provide an excellent location with which to improve the surface figure and to reject environmental and host structure induced errors. Material microroughness on the leading substrate/coating combination has been measured to down to 3 nm rms over small (100x100um's) sample sizes with white light interferometry. A variety of reflective coated substrates have also been shown to have sub micron rms surface roughness over up to 100mm diameter test apertures using interferometric measurements. Best materials currently have 20nm rms surface roughness noise floors at these sizes. The ability to fabricate shells over a range of prescriptions (R/0.9 to R/2.2) and a range of sizes (0.1 to 0.75m diameter) has been demonstrated. Global surface figure accuracies of 2 to 4 microns rms have been demonstrated at the 0.2m size, and further improvements are anticipated through ongoing improved fabrication techniques (preliminary results indicate sub-micron rms values). The ability of discrete boundary control to improve the shape and maintain it in the face of disturbances (gravity for example) is demonstrated as is the ability to implement high amplitude (multi-wave) Zernike mode surface figure control. Results extending boundary control to interferometric optical level are also presented.

  8. Carbonization of polyimide by swift heavy ion irradiations: Effects of stopping power and velocity

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    Costantini, J.-M. [DMN/SRMA, CEA/SACLAY, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)]. E-mail:; Salvetat, J.-P. [CRMD, CNRS, 1B rue de la Ferollerie, F-45071, Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Couvreur, F. [DMN/SEMI, CEA/SACLAY, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Bouffard, S. [CIRIL, CEA-CNRS-ISMRA, rue Claude Bloch, BP 5133, F-14070 Caen Cedex 5 (France)


    We have studied the carbonization of polyimide Kapton-H (pyromellitic dianhydride-oxydialinine, PMDA-ODA) thin films under heavy ion irradiations in the electronic slowing down regime. Irradiations were performed with 650-MeV Ni, 843-MeV Xe, 2.6-GeV Xe, 1.1-GeV Ta, and 707-MeV Pb ions that were transmitted through the polymer films with the electronic stopping power ranging between 3.5 and 17 keV nm{sup -1}. Room-temperature ac/dc electrical conductivity measurements, together with ESR, UV-visible optical absorption, and micro-Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the irradiated films. These new data are compared to our previous results obtained with heavy ion irradiations in the 1-MeV uma{sup -1} energy range. At the largest fluences near 10{sup 13} cm{sup -2} the resulting carbonaceous material is found to be 8-9 orders of magnitude less conducting than with the slower ions. Such large dc-conductivity deviations are confirmed by the spin-lattice relaxation times deduced from the ESR line saturation measurements that are two orders of magnitude longer with the swift ions than with the slower ions. The evolution of the Raman spectra also shows that the appearance of a conjugated sp{sup 2}-bonded structure is delayed with respect to the slow ion case, and is probably incomplete in the observed fluence range. The yield of paramagnetic centers is found to decrease when the ion energy increases. This is interpreted by an ion-velocity effect on damage due to a dilution of the deposited energy in the ion tracks. We think that this also induces a smaller sp{sup 2} cluster density impeding charge transport in the carbonaceous material.

  9. Differentiating between difficult-to-remediate and readily remediated poor readers: more evidence against the IQ-achievement discrepancy definition of reading disability. (United States)

    Vellutino, F R; Scanlon, D M; Lyon, G R


    In this article we discuss research bearing on the traditional use of the IQ-achievement discrepancy to define specific reading disability. We initially review the evidence presented by Rutter and Yule (1975) in support of this practice, and then discuss results from subsequent studies that have questioned the reliability of their findings. We also discuss results from more recent studies demonstrating that the IQ-achievement discrepancy does not reliably distinguish poor from normal readers, whereas language-based measures do reliably distinguish these groups. We highlight results from a study we recently completed, in which it was found that IQ scores did not differentiate between poor readers who were found to be readily remediated and poor readers who were difficult to remediate. In view of the convergent evidence against the use of IQ scores to define specific reading disability, we suggest that the IQ-achievement discrepancy definition of this disorder be discarded.

  10. A Filmy Black-Phosphorus Polyimide Saturable Absorber for Q-Switched Operation in an Erbium-Doped Fiber Laser

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    Tianxian Feng


    Full Text Available We demonstrate an erbium-doped fiber laser passively Q-switched by a black-phosphorus polyimide film. The multi-layer black-phosphorus (BP nanosheets were prepared via a liquid exfoliation approach exploiting N-methylpyrrolidone as the dispersion liquid. By mixing the BP nanosheets with polyimide (PI, a piece of BP–PI film was obtained after evaporating the mixture in a petri dish. The BP–PI saturable absorber had a modulation depth of 0.47% and was inserted into an erbium-doped fiber laser to realize passive Q-switched operations. The repetition rate of the Q-switched laser increased from 5.73 kHz to 31.07 kHz when the laser pump was enhanced from 31.78 mW to 231.46 mW. Our results show that PI is an excellent host material to protect BP from oxidation, and the BP–PI film can act as a promising nonlinear optical device for laser applications.

  11. Comparison of in situ polymerization and solution-dispersion techniques in the preparation of Polyimide/Montmorillonite (MMT) Nanocomposites. (United States)

    Ahmad, Mansor Bin; Gharayebi, Yadollah; Salit, Mohd Sapuan; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Shameli, Kamyar


    In this paper, Polyimide/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites (PI/MMT NCs), based on aromatic diamine (4-Aminophenyl sulfone) (APS) and aromatic dianhydride (3,3',4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride) (BTDA) were prepared using in situ polymerization and solution-dispersion techniques. The prepared PI/MMT NCs films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The XRD results showed that at the content of 1.0 wt % Organo Montmorillonite (OMMT) for two techniques and 3.0 wt % OMMT for the in situ polymerization technique, the OMMT was well-intercalated, exfoliated and dispersed into polyimide matrix. The OMMT agglomerated when its amount exceeded 10 wt % and 3.0 wt % for solution-dispersion and in situ polymerization techniques respectively. These results were confirmed by the TEM images of the prepared PI/MMT NCs. The TGA thermograms indicated that thermal stability of prepared PI/MMT NCs were increased with the increase of loading that, the effect is higher for the samples prepared by in situ polymerization technique.

  12. Research Update: Polyimide/CaCu3Ti4O12 nanofiber functional hybrid films with improved dielectric properties

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    Yang Yang


    Full Text Available This work reports the excellent dielectric properties of polyimide (PI embedded with CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO nanofibers. The dielectric behaviors were investigated over a frequency of 100 Hz–1 MHz. It is shown that embedding CCTO nanofibers with high aspect ratio (67 is an effective means to enhance the dielectric permittivity and reduce the percolation threshold. The dielectric permittivity of PI/CCTO nanofiber composites is 85 with 1.5 vol.% loading of filler, also the dielectric loss is only 0.015 at 100 Hz. Monte Carlo simulation was used to investigate the percolation threshold of CCTO nanofibers reinforced polyimide matrix by using excluded volume theory and soft, hard-core models. The results are in good agreement with the percolation theory and the hard-core model can well explain the percolation phenomena in PI/CCTO nanofiber composites. The dielectric properties of the composites will meet the practical requirements for the application in high dielectric constant capacitors and high energy density materials.

  13. Improving the Conductivity of Sulfonated Polyimides as Proton Exchange Membranes by Doping of a Protic Ionic Liquid

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    Bor-Kuan Chen


    Full Text Available Proton exchange membranes (PEMs are a key component of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Sulfonated polyimides (SPIs were doped by protic ionic liquid (PIL to prepare composite PEMs with substantially improved conductivity. SPIs were synthesized from diamine, 2,2-bis[4-(4-amino-phenoxyphenyl]propane (BAPP, sulfonated diamine, 4,4'-diamino diphenyl ether-2,2'-disulfonic acid (ODADS and aromatic anhydride. BAPP improved the mechanical and thermal properties of SPIs, while ODADS enhanced conductivity. A PIL, 1-vinylimidazolium trifluoromethane-sulfonate ([VIm][OTf], was utilized. [VIm][OTf] offered better conductivity, which can be attributed to its vinyl chemical structure attached to an imidazolium ring that contributed to ionomer-PIL interactions. We prepared sulfonated polyimide/ionic liquid (SPI/IL composite PEMs using 50 wt% [VIm][OTf] with a conductivity of 7.17 mS/cm at 100 °C, and in an anhydrous condition, 3,3',4,4'-diphenyl sulfone tetracarboxylic dianhydride (DSDA was used in the synthesis of SPIs, leading to several hundred-times improvement in conductivity compared to pristine SPIs.

  14. Dielectric properties of polyimide/SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres composite films with ultralow dielectric constant

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    Hong, Zhou, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150040 (China); Key Laboratory of Engineering Dielectrics and its Application Ministry of Education, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150040 (China); Dongyang, Wei; Yong, Fan; Hao, Chen; Yusen, Yang; Jiaojiao, Yu; Liguo, Jin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150040 (China)


    Highlights: • Polyimide/silica hollow spheres films with ultralow dielectric constant were obtained. • Smaller nanoscale silica hollow spheres were uniformly distributed in the polymer matrix. • Air volume content in the hybrid composite films was calculated. - Abstract: In this study, polyimide (PI)/SiO{sub 2} hollow spheres (SHS) composite films were prepared by incorporating different contents of 20–50 nm sized SHS into PI derived from pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 4,4′-oxydianiline (ODA). The dielectric constant of the PI films was reduced from 3.41 to 2.09 for a hybrid film containing 10 wt.% SHS. When the content of SHS was >10 wt.%, the dielectric constant increased due to the aggregation of the SHS. The ultralow dielectric constant could be attributed to the presence of air voids within the structure of SHS itself as well as the air between the PI matrix and the SHS. Furthermore, the air content in the PI/SHS composite films was calculated by Bruggeman's Effective Medium Theory. The PI/SHS composite films with ultralow dielectric constant and low dielectric loss can be considered as good candidate for advanced dielectric materials.

  15. Dynamic load capacities of graphite fiber: Polyimide composites in oscillating plain bearings to 340 C (650 F) (United States)

    Sliney, H. E.; Jacobson, T. P.; Munson, H. E.


    Load capacities were determined for plain spherical bearings with self-lubricating spherical elements of graphite-fiber-reinforced-polyimide, and for plain cylindrical bearings with thin-wall liners of the composite in the bearing bores. Composites consisted of a 1-to-1 weight ratio of graphite fibers and polyimide. Oscillation was at an amplitude of + or - 15 deg at a frequency of 1 hertz. Bearings with composite ball material had a load capacity of approximately 69 MN/sq m (10 000 psi) at room temperature 25 MN/sq m (3600 psi) at 340 C (650 F). Bearings with thin-wall composite liners had much higher load capacities of 280 MN/sq m (40 000 psi) at room temperature amd 240 MN/sq m (35 000 psi) at 320 C (600 F). Friction coefficients were in the range of 0.12 to 0.19. The addition of 10 wt.% graphite fluoride solid lubricant to the composition of the thin-wall liners reduced friction coefficients into the range of 0.10 to 0.12.

  16. Synthesis and properties of reprocessable sulfonated polyimides cross-linked via acid stimulation for use as proton exchange membranes (United States)

    Zhang, Boping; Ni, Jiangpeng; Xiang, Xiongzhi; Wang, Lei; Chen, Yongming


    Cross-linked sulfonated polyimides are one of the most promising materials for proton exchange membrane (PEM) applications. However, these cross-linked membranes are difficult to reprocess because they are insoluble. In this study, a series of cross-linkable sulfonated polyimides with flexible pendant alkyl side chains containing trimethoxysilyl groups is successfully synthesized. The cross-linkable polymers are highly soluble in common solvents and can be used to prepare tough and smooth films. Before the cross-linking reaction is complete, the membranes can be reprocessed, and the recovery rate of the prepared films falls within an acceptable range. The cross-linked membranes are obtained rapidly when the cross-linkable membranes are immersed in an acid solution, yielding a cross-linking density of the gel fraction of greater than 90%. The cross-linked membranes exhibit high proton conductivities and tensile strengths under hydrous conditions. Compared with those of pristine membranes, the oxidative and hydrolytic stabilities of the cross-linked membranes are significantly higher. The CSPI-70 membrane shows considerable power density in a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) test. All of these results suggest that the prepared cross-linked membranes have great potential for applications in proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  17. Pt-free carbon-based fuel cell catalyst prepared from spherical polyimide for enhanced oxygen diffusion (United States)

    Nabae, Yuta; Nagata, Shinsuke; Hayakawa, Teruaki; Niwa, Hideharu; Harada, Yoshihisa; Oshima, Masaharu; Isoda, Ayano; Matsunaga, Atsushi; Tanaka, Kazuhisa; Aoki, Tsutomu


    The development of a non-precious metal (NPM) fuel cell catalyst is extremely important to achieve globalization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells due to the cost and scarcity of platinum. Here, we report on a NPM cathode catalyst prepared by the pyrolysis of spherical polyimide nanoparticles that contain small amounts of Fe additive. 60 nm diameter Fe-containing polyimide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by the precipitation polymerization of pyromellitic acid dianhydride and 1,3,5-tris(4-aminophenyl)benzene with Fe(acac)3 (acac = acetylacetonate) as an additive. The particles were subsequently carbonized by multistep pyrolysis to obtain the NPM catalyst while retaining the small particle size. The catalyst has good performance and promising durability for fuel cell applications. The fuel cell performance under a 0.2 MPa air atmosphere at 80 °C of 1.0 A cm−2 at 0.46 V is especially remarkable and better than that previously reported. PMID:26987682

  18. Liquid density analysis of sucrose and alcoholic beverages using polyimide guided Love-mode acoustic wave sensors (United States)

    Turton, Andrew; Bhattacharyya, Debabrata; Wood, David


    A liquid density sensor using Love-mode acoustic waves has been developed which is suitable for use in the food and drinks industries. The sensor has an open flat surface allowing immersion into a sample and simple cleaning. A polyimide waveguide layer allows cheap and simple fabrication combined with a robust chemically resistant surface. The low shear modulus of polyimide allows thin guiding layers giving a high sensitivity. A dual structure with a smooth reference device exhibiting viscous coupling with the wave, and a patterned sense area to trap the liquid causing mass loading, allows discrimination of the liquid density from the square root of the density-viscosity product (ρη)0.5. Frequency shift and insertion loss change were proportional to (ρη)0.5 with a non-linear response due to the non-Newtonian nature of viscous liquids at high frequencies. Measurements were made with sucrose solutions up to 50% and different alcoholic drinks. A maximum sensitivity of 0.13 µg cm-3 Hz-1 was achieved, with a linear frequency response to density. This is the highest liquid density sensitivity obtained for acoustic mode sensors to the best of our knowledge.

  19. Development of a Mechatronic Syringe Pump to Control Fluid Flow in a Microfluidic Device Based on Polyimide Film (United States)

    Sek Tee, Kian; Sharil Saripan, Muhammad; Yap, Hiung Yin; Fhong Soon, Chin


    With the advancement in microfluidic technology, fluid flow control for syringe pump is always essential. In this paper, a mechatronic syringe pump will be developed and customized to control the fluid flow in a poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic device based on a polyimide laminating film. The syringe pump is designed to drive fluid with flow rates of 100 and 1000 μl/min which intended to drive continuous fluid in a polyimide based microfluidic device. The electronic system consists of an Arduino microcontroller board and a uni-polar stepper motor. In the system, the uni-polar stepper motor was coupled to a linear slider attached to the plunger of a syringe pump. As the motor rotates, the plunger pumps the liquid out of the syringe. The accuracy of the fluid flow rate was determined by adjusting the number of micro-step/revolution to drive the stepper motor to infuse fluid into the microfluidic device. With the precise control of the electronic system, the syringe pump could accurately inject fluid volume at 100 and 1000 μl/min into a microfluidic device.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of soluble, blue-fluorescent polyamides and polyimides containing substituted p-terphenyl as well as long aliphatic segments in the main chain

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    Mikroyannidis, JA; Tsivgoulis, GM


    A novel class of semiflexible polyamides and polyimides bearing substituted p-terphenyl as well as long aliphatic segments in the main chain were synthesized through pyrylium salts. Characterization of polymers was accomplished by inherent viscosity, elemental analysis, FT-IR, NMR, UV-vis

  1. Effect of spinning conditions on the structure and the gas permeation properties of high flux polyethersulfone-polyimide blend hollow fibers

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    Kapantaidakis, G.; Koops, G.H.; Wessling, Matthias


    In this work, the effects of major spinning parameters, such as: polymer concentration, air gap distance, bore fluid composition, and take-up velocity on the structure and the permeation properties of polyethersulfone-polyimide gas separation hollow fibers are discussed in detail. It is shown that a

  2. Changes of the Electrical and Optical Character of Polyimide Films (and the Chemistry that Drives Them) Due to Exposure to High Energy GEO-like Electrons (United States)


    electrical conduction of aluminized polyimide film after simulated aging in a GEO-like electron environment. We correlate these data with the chemical...and D. Yang, "Damage effect of keV proton irradiation on aluminized Kapton film," Radiation Physics and Chemistry, vol. 77, pp. 482-489, 2008. [21] T

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    Geenen, P.V.; Bennis, J.


    A process is described for minimizing the cracking tendency and uncontrolled dimensional change, and improving the strength of a rammed plastic refractory reactor liner comprising phosphate-bonded silicon carbide or phosphate-bonded alumina. It consists of heating the reactor liner placed or mounted in a reactor, prior to its first use, from ambient temperature up to a temperature of from about 490/sup 0/C to about 510/sup 0/C, the heating being carried out by heating the liner at a rate to produce a temperature increase of the liner not greater than about 6/sup 0/C per hour.

  4. Quantitative scanning thermal microscopy of graphene devices on flexible polyimide substrates (United States)

    Sadeghi, Mir Mohammad; Park, Saungeun; Huang, Yu; Akinwande, Deji; Yao, Zhen; Murthy, Jayathi; Shi, Li


    A triple-scan scanning thermal microscopy (SThM) method and a zero-heat flux laser-heated SThM technique are investigated for quantitative thermal imaging of flexible graphene devices. A similar local tip-sample thermal resistance is observed on both the graphene and metal areas of the sample, and is attributed to the presence of a polymer residue layer on the sample surface and a liquid meniscus at the tip-sample junction. In addition, it is found that the tip-sample thermal resistance is insensitive to the temperature until it begins to increase as the temperature increases to 80 °C and exhibits an abrupt increase at 110 °C because of evaporation of the liquid meniscus at the tip-sample junction. Moreover, the variation in the tip-sample thermal resistance due to surface roughness is within the experimental tolerance except at areas with roughness height exceeding tens of nanometers. Because of the low thermal conductivity of the flexible polyimide substrate, the SThM measurements have found that the temperature rise in flexible graphene devices is more than one order of magnitude higher than those reported for graphene devices fabricated on a silicon substrate with comparable dimensions and power density. Unlike a graphene device on a silicon substrate where the majority of the electrical heating in the graphene device is conducted vertically through the thin silicon dioxide dielectric layer to the high-thermal conductivity silicon substrate, lateral heat spreading is important in the flexible graphene devices, as shown by the observed decrease in the average temperature rise normalized by the power density with decreasing graphene channel length from about 30 μm to 10 μm. However, it is shown by numerical heat transfer analysis that this trend is mainly caused by the size scaling of the thermal spreading resistance of the polymer substrate instead of lateral heat spreading by the graphene. In addition, thermoelectric effects are found to be negligible

  5. Preparation and properties of in situ amino-functionalized graphene oxide/polyimide composite films (United States)

    Lu, Yunhua; Hao, Jican; Xiao, Guoyong; Chen, Lin; Wang, Tonghua; Hu, Zhizhi


    The pure light-colored and transparent polyimide (PI) film was prepared from aromatic dianhydride 4,4‧-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride (6FDA) and diamine 1,4-bis(4-amino-2-trifluoromethylphenoxy)benzene (6FAPB) in the solvent of DMAc via two-step method. Graphene oxide (GO) was in situ grafted with 6FAPB and directly used as a functional inorganic nanofiller to further synthesize poly(amic acid) (PAA)/GO solution. Then, PI/GO composite films with different loadings of GO were prepared by the thermal imidization. The mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, surface properties, and electrochemical behavior were characterized. The FTIR and XPS results indicate that amino groups can be successfully grafted on the surface of GO. The tensile strength and Young's modulus of the PI-1.0%GO composite film were increased to 118.4 MPa and 2.91 GPa, respectively, which was an approximate improvement of 30.8% and 39.9% compared with pure PI film. These PI/GO composites showed around 256 °C for the glass transition temperature, and around 535 °C for the 5% thermal decomposition temperature, respectively. However, the optical transmittance was significantly decreased from 81.5% (pure PI) to 0.8% (PI-1.0%GO). Besides, the electrical conductivity increased from 1.6 × 10-13 S/m (pure PI) to 2.5 × 10-9 S/m (PI-1.0%GO). Furthermore, when the incorporation of GO was 1.0 wt%, an obvious reduction from 1.08% (pure PI) to 0.65% in the water uptake was observed for the PI/GO composite films, and the water surface contact angle raised from 72.5° (pure PI) to 83.5°. The electrochemical behavior showed that the ability of oxygen atom on the imide ring to gain and loss electron was increased due to incorporation of GO. These results indicated that the strong interfacial interaction between GO and PAA as well as uniform dispersion of GO in PI matrix were benefit to improve the mechanical, thermal, electrical properties and so on. The in situ amino-functionalized approach

  6. Residual stress analysis of graphite/polyimide composites using the concept of metallic inclusions (United States)

    Dragoi, Danut

    The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the use of metal particles (Al, Ag, Nb) embedded between the first and second plies of 6-ply unidirectional and 4-ply 8-harness satin weave cloth carbon/polyimide laminates, as strain sensors for the determination of residual and applied stresses by x-ray diffraction. XRD measurements were made using a Siemens D500 diffractometer with parallel-beam optics a solid state detector and Cu K a radiation. Specimens were subjected to bending loads while irradiated, using a 4-point bending device mounted on the D500 goniometer. Finite Element calculations were performed on a specimen with an isolated spherical particle located at half the distance between neutral axis and the surface of the specimen for the 4-ply laminate and two thirds the distance for the 6-ply laminate. ANSYS v.5.2 was used with tetrahedral Solid92 elements. Eshelby calculations were done using the Eshelby tensor for a spherical inclusion embedded in an infinite homogeneous anisotropic matrix, the known strain matrix for bending and the matrices for thermal expansion of the composite and the metal inclusion. FEM and Eshelby method results were found to be equivalent for an isolated particle in a large volume of matrix, i.e. a volume fraction of filler approaching zero. For XRD measurements, a certain minimum concentration of filler was required in order to have enough diffracted x-ray intensity to obtain measurable peak positions within acceptable limits of errors. For multiple inclusions, the slopes of strains and stresses versus outer pin displacement inside the inclusions do not differ significantly from those in single inclusions, however a remarkable change is in the intercept. This is due to a constant stress-strain field that is added to each particle single solution, because of the multiple inclusion interaction. Strains and stresses obtained by XRD in the embedded particles were sensitive to the residual stresses in the as-cured laminates and

  7. In-line formation of chemically cross-linked P84® co-polyimide hollow fibre membranes for H2/CO2 separation

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    Choi, Seung Hak


    In this study, chemically cross-linked asymmetric P84® co-polyimide hollow fibre membranes with enhanced separation performance were fabricated, using a dry-wet spinning process with an innovative in-line cross-linking step. The chemical modification was conducted by controlled immersion of the coagulated fibre in an aqueous 1,5-diamino-2-methylpentane (DAMP) cross-linker solution before the take-up. The effect of the cross-linker concentration on the thermal, mechanical, chemical and gas transport properties of the membranes was investigated. FT-IR/ATR analysis was used to identify the chemical changes in the polymer, while DSC analysis confirmed the changes in the Tg and the specific heat of the polymer upon cross-linking. Chemical cross-linking with a 10 wt.% aqueous DAMP solution strongly enhanced the H2/CO2 ideal selectivity from 5.3 to 16.1, while the H2 permeance of the membranes decreased from 7.06 × 10−3 to 1.01 × 10−3 m3(STP) m−2 h−1 bar−1 for a feed pressure of 1 bar at 25 °C. The increase of selectivity with decreasing permeance is somewhat higher than the slope in the Robeson upper bound, evidencing the positive effect of the cross-linking on the separation performance of the fibres. Simultaneously, the cross-linking leads to improved mechanical resistance of the membranes, which could be further enhanced by an additional thermal treatment. The produced membranes are therefore more suitable for use under harsh conditions and have a better overall performance than the uncross-linked ones.

  8. Syntaxin 1B, but not syntaxin 1A, is necessary for the regulation of synaptic vesicle exocytosis and of the readily releasable pool at central synapses.

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    Tatsuya Mishima

    Full Text Available Two syntaxin 1 (STX1 isoforms, HPC-1/STX1A and STX1B, are coexpressed in neurons and function as neuronal target membrane (t-SNAREs. However, little is known about their functional differences in synaptic transmission. STX1A null mutant mice develop normally and do not show abnormalities in fast synaptic transmission, but monoaminergic transmissions are impaired. In the present study, we found that STX1B null mutant mice died within 2 weeks of birth. To examine functional differences between STX1A and 1B, we analyzed the presynaptic properties of glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses in STX1B null mutant and STX1A/1B double null mutant mice. We found that the frequency of spontaneous quantal release was lower and the paired-pulse ratio of evoked postsynaptic currents was significantly greater in glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses of STX1B null neurons. Deletion of STX1B also accelerated synaptic vesicle turnover in glutamatergic synapses and decreased the size of the readily releasable pool in glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses. Moreover, STX1A/1B double null neurons showed reduced and asynchronous evoked synaptic vesicle release in glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses. Our results suggest that although STX1A and 1B share a basic function as neuronal t-SNAREs, STX1B but not STX1A is necessary for the regulation of spontaneous and evoked synaptic vesicle exocytosis in fast transmission.

  9. Pure- and Mixed-Gas Permeation Properties of Highly Selective and Plasticization Resistant Hydroxyl-Diamine-Based 6FDA Polyimides for CO2/CH4 Separation

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    Alaslai, Nasser Y.


    The effect of hydroxyl functionalization on the m-phenylene diamine moiety of 6FDA dianhydride-based polyimides was investigated for gas separation applications. Pure-gas permeability coefficients of He, H2, N2, O2, CH4, and CO2 were measured at 35 °C and 2 atm. The introduction of hydroxyl groups in the diamine moiety of 6FDA-diaminophenol (DAP) and 6FDA-diamino resorcinol (DAR) polyimides tightened the overall polymer structure due to increased charge transfer complex formation compared to unfunctionalized 6FDA-m-phenylene diamine (mPDA). The BET surface areas based on nitrogen adsorption of 6FDA-DAP (54 m2g−1) and of 6FDA-DAR (45 m2g−1) were ~18% and 32% lower than that of 6FDA-mPDA (66 m2g−1). 6FDA-mPDA had a pure-gas CO2 permeability of 14 Barrer and CO2/CH4 selectivity of 70. The hydroxyl-functionalized polyimides 6FDA-DAP and 6FDA-DAR exhibited very high pure-gas CO2/CH4 selectivities of 92 and 94 with moderate CO2 permeability of 11 and 8 Barrer, respectively. It was demonstrated that hydroxyl-containing polyimide membranes maintained very high CO2/CH4 selectivity (~ 75 at CO2 partial pressure of 10 atm) due to CO2 plasticization resistance when tested under high-pressure mixed-gas conditions. Functionalization with hydroxyl groups may thus be a promising strategy towards attaining highly selective polyimides for economical membrane-based natural gas sweetening.

  10. Cobalt(III) Werner Complexes with 1,2-Diphenylethylenediamine Ligands: Readily Available, Inexpensive, and Modular Chiral Hydrogen Bond Donor Catalysts for Enantioselective Organic Synthesis. (United States)

    Lewis, Kyle G; Ghosh, Subrata K; Bhuvanesh, Nattamai; Gladysz, John A


    In the quest for new catalysts that can deliver single enantiomer pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals, chemists have extensively mined the "chiral pool", with little in the way of inexpensive, readily available building blocks now remaining. It is found that Werner complexes based upon the D3 symmetric chiral trication [Co(en)3](3+) (en = 1,2-ethylenediamine), which features an earth abundant metal and cheap ligand type, and was among the first inorganic compounds resolved into enantiomers 103 years ago, catalyze a valuable carbon-carbon bond forming reaction, the Michael addition of malonate esters to nitroalkenes, in high enantioselectivities and without requiring inert atmosphere conditions. The title catalysts, [Co((S,S)-dpen)3](3+) ((S,S)-3 (3+)) 3X(-), employ a commercially available chiral ligand, (S,S)-1,2-diphenylethylenediamine. The rates and ee values are functions of the configuration of the cobalt center (Λ/Δ) and the counteranions, which must be lipophilic to solubilize the trication in nonaqueous media. The highest enantioselectivities are obtained with Λ and 2Cl(-)BArf (-), 2BF4 (-)BArf (-), or 3BF4 (-) salts (BArf (-) = B(3,5-C6H3(CF3)2)4 (-)). The substrates are not activated by metal coordination, but rather by second coordination sphere hydrogen bonding involving the ligating NH2 groups. Crystal structures and NMR data indicate enthalpically stronger interactions with the NH moieties related by the C3 symmetry axis, as opposed to those related by the C2 symmetry axes; rate trends and other observations suggest this to be the catalytically active site. Both Λ- and Δ-(S,S)-3 (3+) 2Cl(-)BArf (-) are effective catalysts for additions of β-ketoesters to RO2CN=NCO2R species (99-86% yields, 81-76% ee), which provide carbon-nitrogen bonds and valuable precursors to α-amino acids.

  11. RIM1 and RIM2 redundantly determine Ca2+ channel density and readily releasable pool size at a large hindbrain synapse. (United States)

    Han, Yunyun; Babai, Norbert; Kaeser, Pascal; Südhof, Thomas C; Schneggenburger, Ralf


    The localization and density of voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels at active zones are essential for the amount and kinetics of transmitter release at synapses. RIM proteins are scaffolding proteins at the active zone that bind to several other presynaptic proteins, including voltage-gated Ca(2+) channel α-subunits. The long isoforms of RIM proteins, which contain NH2-terminal Rab3- and Munc13-interacting domains, as well as a central PDZ domain and two COOH-terminal C2 domains, are encoded by two genes, Rim1 and Rim2. Here, we used the ideal accessibility of the large calyx of Held synapse for direct presynaptic electrophysiology to investigate whether the two Rim genes have redundant, or separate, functions in determining the presynaptic Ca(2+) channel density, and the size of a readily releasable vesicle pool (RRP). Quantitative PCR showed that cochlear nucleus neurons, which include calyx of Held generating neurons, express both RIM1 and RIM2. Conditional genetic inactivation of RIM2 at the calyx of Held led to a subtle reduction in presynaptic Ca(2+) current density, whereas deletion of RIM1 was ineffective. The release efficiency of brief presynaptic Ca(2+) "tail" currents and the RRP were unaffected in conditional single RIM1 and RIM2 knockout (KO) mice, whereas both parameters were strongly reduced in RIM1/2 double KO mice. Thus, despite a somewhat more decisive role for RIM2 in determining presynaptic Ca(2+) channel density, RIM1 and RIM2 can overall replace each other's presynaptic functions at a large relay synapse in the hindbrain, the calyx of Held. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  12. MicroRNA-224 is Readily Detectable in Urine of Individuals with Diabetes Mellitus and is a Potential Indicator of Beta-Cell Demise

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    Siobhán Bacon


    Full Text Available MicroRNA (miRNA are a class of non-coding, 19–25 nucleotide RNA critical for network-level regulation of gene expression. miRNA serve as paracrine signaling molecules. Using an unbiased array approach, we previously identified elevated levels of miR-224 and miR-103 to be associated with a monogenic form of diabetes; HNF1A-MODY. miR-224 is a novel miRNA in the field of diabetes. We sought to explore the role of miR-224 as a potential biomarker in diabetes, and whether such diabetes-associated-miRNA can also be detected in the urine of patients. Absolute levels of miR-224 and miR-103 were determined in the urine of n = 144 individuals including carriers of a HNF1A mutation, participants with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM and normal controls. Expression levels were correlated with clinical and biochemical parameters. miR-224 was significantly elevated in the urine of carriers of a HNF1A mutation and participants with T1DM. miR-103 was highly expressed in urine across all diabetes cohorts when compared to controls. For both miR-224 and-103, we found a significant correlation between serum and urine levels (p < 0.01. We demonstrate that miRNA can be readily detected in the urine independent of clinical indices of renal dysfunction. We surmise that the differential expression levels of miR-224 in both HNF1A-MODY mutation carriers and T1DM may be an attempt to compensate for beta-cell demise.

  13. MicroRNA-224 is Readily Detectable in Urine of Individuals with Diabetes Mellitus and is a Potential Indicator of Beta-Cell Demise. (United States)

    Bacon, Siobhán; Engelbrecht, Britta; Schmid, Jasmin; Pfeiffer, Shona; Gallagher, Ross; McCarthy, Ailbhe; Burke, Marie; Concannon, Caoimhín; Prehn, Jochen H M; Byrne, Maria M


    MicroRNA (miRNA) are a class of non-coding, 19-25 nucleotide RNA critical for network-level regulation of gene expression. miRNA serve as paracrine signaling molecules. Using an unbiased array approach, we previously identified elevated levels of miR-224 and miR-103 to be associated with a monogenic form of diabetes; HNF1A-MODY. miR-224 is a novel miRNA in the field of diabetes. We sought to explore the role of miR-224 as a potential biomarker in diabetes, and whether such diabetes-associated-miRNA can also be detected in the urine of patients. Absolute levels of miR-224 and miR-103 were determined in the urine of n = 144 individuals including carriers of a HNF1A mutation, participants with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and normal controls. Expression levels were correlated with clinical and biochemical parameters. miR-224 was significantly elevated in the urine of carriers of a HNF1A mutation and participants with T1DM. miR-103 was highly expressed in urine across all diabetes cohorts when compared to controls. For both miR-224 and-103, we found a significant correlation between serum and urine levels (p < 0.01). We demonstrate that miRNA can be readily detected in the urine independent of clinical indices of renal dysfunction. We surmise that the differential expression levels of miR-224 in both HNF1A-MODY mutation carriers and T1DM may be an attempt to compensate for beta-cell demise.

  14. Experimental Infection of Sheep at 45 and 60 Days of Gestation with Schmallenberg Virus Readily Led to Placental Colonization without Causing Congenital Malformations (United States)

    Dal Pozzo, Fabiana; De Regge, Nick; Cay, Brigitte; Saegerman, Claude


    Background Main impact of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) on livestock consists in reproductive disorders, with teratogenic effects, abortions and stillbirths. SBV pathogenesis and viral placental crossing remain currently poorly understood. Therefore, we implemented an experimental infection of ewes, inoculated with SBV at 45 or 60 days of gestation (dg). Methodology “Mourerous” breed ewes were randomly separated in three groups: eight and nine ewes were subcutaneously inoculated with 1 ml of SBV infectious serum at 45 and 60 dg, respectively (G45 and G60). Six other ewes were inoculated subcutaneously with sterile phosphate buffer saline as control group. All SBV inoculated ewes showed RNAemia consistent with previously published studies, they seroconverted and no clinical sign was reported. Lambs were born at term via caesarian-section, and right after birth they were blood sampled and clinically examined. Then both lambs and ewes were euthanatized and necropsied. Principal Findings/Significance No lambs showed any malformation suggestive of SBV infection and none of them had RNAemia or anti-SBV antibodies prior to colostrum uptake. Positive SBV RNA detection in organs was rare in both G45 and G60 lambs (2/11 and 1/10, respectively). Nevertheless most of the lambs in G45 (9/11) and G60 (9/10) had at least one extraembryonic structure SBV positive by RTqPCR. The number of positive extraembryonic structures was significantly higher in G60 lambs. Time of inoculation (45 or 60 dg) had no impact on the placental colonization success rate but affected the frequency of detecting the virus in the offspring extraembryonic structures by the time of lambing. SBV readily colonized the placenta when ewes were infected at 45 or 60 dg but infection of the fetuses was limited and did not lead to congenital malformations. PMID:26418420

  15. Remarkable improvement of the wear resistance of poly(vinylidene difluoride) by incorporating polyimide powder and carbon nanofibers (United States)

    Min, Chunying; Liu, Dengdeng; Shen, Chen; Zhang, Qiaqia; Shen, Xiaojuan; Zhang, Kan


    Poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) composites reinforced via adding different fillers have attracted wide attention in the field of dielectric materials, but few have been reported in the tribological area. In this paper, the effect of polyimide (PI) powder and carbon nanofibers (CF) as reinforcement phases on the friction and wear performance of PVDF composites has been investigated. It was found that PI powder enhances the mechanical and tribological properties of PVDF and especially as the content of the PI powder reaches 5 wt%. In addition, CF and PI exhibited synergistic effect on the tribological properties of PVDF. With PVDF containing 5 wt% PI powder and 20 wt% CF, the friction and wear behavior of the PVDF composite showed the best performance. PVDF, PI powder and CF can form a consistent network structure, which prevents the polymer molecular chains from moving or deformation, decreasing the wear loss of PVDF composites.

  16. Plasticization-resistant hollow fiber membranes for CO2/CH4 separation based on a thermally crosslinkable polyimide

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    Chen, Chien-Chiang


    Decarboxylation-induced thermal crosslinking has been demonstrated to be effective for stabilizing membranes against plasticization in dense films. This study extends this promising crosslinking approach from dense films to industrially relevant asymmetric hollow fiber membranes. Crosslinkable asymmetric hollow fiber membranes were spun from a carboxylic acid containing polyimide, 6FDA-DAM:DABA. Dope and spinning conditions were optimized to obtain fibers with a defect-free selective skin layer. It is found that slightly defective fibers suffered severe selectivity loss after thermal crosslinking, suggesting that defect-free property is essential to the performance of the resulting crosslinked hollow fiber membranes. The crosslinked fibers were tested for CO 2/CH 4 separation. The excellent plasticization resistance under high pressure feeds (with highest CO 2 partial pressure of 400psia) suggests that these robust membranes are promising for aggressive natural gas purification. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  17. Modifications in physico-chemical properties of 100 MeV oxygen ions irradiated polyimide Kapton-H polymer (United States)

    Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar; Gupta, Rashi; Singh, Paramjit; Kumar, Vikas; Jaiswal, Manoj Kumar; Chakarvarti, S. K.; Kumar, Rajesh


    The optical, structural and chemical properties of polyimide Kapton-H polymer thin film samples were modified by irradiation with 100 MeV O7+ ions (in the fluence range of 1 × 1011 to 5 × 1012 ions/cm2) and the modifications of these properties were observed by UV-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy respectively. The band gap energy of the polymer decreased considerably with discrete increment of the ion fluence (different fluence for each sample) and effective change for the sample irradiated at a fluence of 5 × 1012 ions/cm2 was observed from that of pristine sample. The amorphous nature of the polymer was observed to be decreased with increase of ion fluence. The vibrations of Ctbnd C appeared at mid fluences but the stretching vibrations of Osbnd H bond disappeared at these fluences due to the high LET of the oxygen ions.

  18. Electroless deposition of Au nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide/polyimide film for electrochemical detection of hydroquinone and catechol (United States)

    Shen, Xuan; Xia, Xiaohong; Du, Yongling; Wang, Chunming


    An electrochemical sensor for determination of hydroquinone (HQ) and catechol (CC) was developed using Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) fabricated on reduced graphene oxide/polyimide (PI/RGO) film by electroless deposition. The electrochemical behaviors of HQ and CC at PI/RGO-AuNPs electrode were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Under the optimized condition, the current responses at PI/RGO-AuNPs electrode were linear over ranges from 1 to 654 mol/L for HQ and from 2 to 1289 mol/L for CC, with the detection limits of 0.09 and 0.2 mol/L, respectively. The proposed electrode exhibited good reproducibility, stability and selectivity. In addition, the proposed electrode was successfully applied in the determination of HQ and CC in tap water and the Yellow River samples.

  19. Application of Cu-polyimide flex circuit and Al-on-glass pitch adapter for the ATLAS SCT barrel hybrid

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    Unno, Y; Ikegami, Y; Iwata, Y; Kohriki, T; Kondo, T; Nakano, I; Ohsugi, T; Takashima, R; Tanaka, R; Terada, S; Ujiie, N


    We applied the surface build-up Cu-polyimide flex-circuit technology with laser vias to the ATLAS SCT barrel hybrid to be made in one piece from the connector to the electronics sections including cables. The hybrids, reinforced with carbon-carbon substrates, provide mechanical strength, thermal conductivity, low-radiation length, and stability in application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) operation. By following the design rules, we experienced little trouble in breaking the traces. The pitch adapter between the sensor and the ASICs was made of aluminum traces on glass substrate. We identified that the generation of whiskers around the wire-bonding feet was correlated with the hardness of metallized aluminum. The appropriate hardness has been achieved by keeping the temperature of the glasses as low as room temperature during the metallization. The argon plasma cleaning procedure cleaned the contamination on the gold pads of the hybrids for successful wire bonding, although it was unsuccessful in the alu...

  20. Gas Separation Performance of Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes Based on 6FDA-mPDA/DABA (3:2) Polyimide

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    Qiu, Wulin


    6FDA-mPDA/DABA (3:2) polyimide was synthesized and characterized for uncross-linked, thermally crosslinked, and carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes. The membranes were characterized with thermogravimetric analysis, FTIR spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and gas permeation tests. Variations in the d spacing, the formation of pore structures, and changes in the pore sizes of the CMS membranes were discussed in relation to pyrolysis protocols. The uncross-linked polymer membranes showed high CO 2/CH4 selectivity, whereas thermally crosslinked membranes exhibited significantly improved CO2 permeability and excellent CO2 plasticization resistance. The CMS membranes showed even higher CO2 permeability and CO2/CH4 selectivity. An increase in the pyrolysis temperature resulted in CMS membranes with lower gas permeability but higher selectivity. The 550 °C pyrolyzed CMS membranes showed CO2 permeability as high as 14 750 Barrer with CO 2/CH4 selectivity of approximately 52. Even 800 °C pyrolyzed CMS membranes still showed high CO2 permeability of 2610 Barrer with high CO2/CH4 selectivity of approximately 118. Both polymer membranes and the CMS membranes are very attractive in aggressive natural gas purification applications. Permeating through: Polyimide-based uncross-linked, thermally crosslinked, and carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes are prepared. Variations in the d spacing, the formation of pore structures, and changes in the pore sizes of the CMS membranes are discussed in relation to pyrolysis protocols. Both the polymer and CMS membranes are very attractive in aggressive natural gas purification applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Preparation of polyimide/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite films as improved solid dielectrics

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    Alias, Asliza; Ahmad, Z. [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia); Ismail, A.B., E-mail: [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)


    Highlights: > We prepare and characterize polyimide-alumina composite as solid dielectric. > Prolong the curing time at low temperature reduces the composite s shrinkage problem. > Dielectric constant increases with the increase of alumina content. > Thermal properties is improved with the addition of alumina. - Abstract: Considerable demand for solid thin-film dielectrics with high dielectric constants for use in the fabrication of capacitors has been observed. In this study, polyimide (PI)/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite films were prepared by incorporating different micron-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} contents into PI derived from pyromellitic dianyhydride and 4,4'-oxydianiline via ultrasonication. Chemical structure, morphology, dielectric and thermal properties were investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), LCR meter and Perkin Elmer Pyris 6. FTIR spectra showed complete imidization, and all characteristic peaks of the imide groups are observed in PI and PI/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite films. XRD patterns revealed that the PI/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite exhibits peaks similar to those of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, indicating that the crystal structure of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} remains unchanged and stable after being doped into the PI matrix. SEM micrographs showed uniform distribution of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in the PI matrix. Meanwhile, the dielectric constant, dielectric loss and thermal stability of PI/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increases with the addition of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content.

  2. Sub- T g Cross-Linking of a Polyimide Membrane for Enhanced CO 2 Plasticization Resistance for Natural Gas Separation

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    Qiu, Wulin


    Decarboxylation-induced thermal cross-linking occurs at elevated temperatures (∼15 °C above glass transition temperature) for 6FDA-DAM:DABA polyimides, which can stabilize membranes against swelling and plasticization in aggressive feed streams. Despite this advantage, such a high temperature might result in collapse of substructure and transition layers in the asymmetric structure of a hollow fibers based on such a material. In this work, the thermal cross-linking of the 6FDA-DAM:DABA at temperatures much below the glass transition temperature (∼387 °C by DSC) was demonstrated. This sub-Tg cross-linking capability enables extension to asymmetric structures useful for large scale membranes. The resulting polymer membranes were characterized by swelling in known solvents for the un-cross-linked materials, TGA analysis, and permeation tests of aggressive gas feed stream at higher pressure. The annealing temperature and time clearly influence the degree of cross-linking of the membranes, and results in a slight difference in selectivity for membranes under various cross-linking conditions. Results indicate that the sub-Tg thermal cross-linking of 6FDA-DAM:DABA dense film membrane can be carried out completely even at a temperature as low as 330 °C. Permeabilities were tested for the polyimide membranes using both pure gases (He, O2, N2, CH4, CO2) and mixed gases (CO2/CH4). The selectivity of the cross-linked membrane can be maintained even under very aggressive CO2 operating conditions that are not possible without cross-linking. Moreover, the plasticization resistance was demonstrated up to 700 psia for pure CO 2 gas or 1000 psia for 50% CO2 mixed gas feeds. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  3. Simple and commercial readily-available approach for the direct use of ionic liquid-based single-drop microextraction prior to gas chromatography determination of chlorobenzenes in real water samples as model analytical application. (United States)

    Chisvert, Alberto; Román, Iván P; Vidal, Lorena; Canals, Antonio


    A simple and commercial readily-available approach that enables the direct use of ionic liquid (IL)-based single-drop microextraction (SDME) prior to gas chromatography (GC) is presented. The approach is based on thermal desorption (TD) of the analytes from the IL droplet to the GC system, by using a robust and commercially-available thermodesorption system. For this purpose, a two-glass-tube concentrically disposed system was designed. The inner tube is a laboratory-cut Pyrex tube (20mm length) that houses the ionic liquid droplet from the SDME process, and the outer tube is a commercially-available TD glass tube (187 mm length) commonly employed for stir-bar sorptive extractions (SBSE). In this way, the proposed device prevents IL from entering the GC system, as this could dirty the inlet or even block the column. The determination of 10 chlorobenzenes in water samples by GC coupled with mass spectrometric (MS) detection has been chosen as model analytical application, showing the feasibility of the proposed approach. The SDME process consists of a 5 microL droplet of 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C6MIM][PF6]) suspended in the headspace (HS) of a 10 mL stirred sample. After extracting for 37 min at room temperature, the IL droplet is directly placed into the small inner tube, which is placed into the TD tube. The whole device is placed inside the TD unit, where desorption of the analytes is performed at 240 degrees C for 5 min with a helium flow rate of 100 mL min(-1). The analytical figures of merit of the proposed IL-(HS)-SDME-TD-GC-MS approach are very suitable for the determination of chlorobenzenes at ultratrace levels, with relative standard deviation values ranging between 2% and 17%, and limits of detection ranging between 1 and 4 ng L(-1), showing the potential offered by the IL-based SDME process with GC.

  4. Thermosetting Poly(imide silsesquioxane)s Featuring Reduced Moisture Affinity and Improved Processability (Post-print) (United States)


    intrinsically hydrophobic and thermally stable, depending on architecture.21,22 Recently, Kakimoto et al. reported a hybrid organic− inorganic approach...The nomenclature and monomer content for the oligomers synthesized in this study are shown in Table 1. For each oligomer reaction, the 6-FDA monomer... Nomenclature and Equivalents of Monomers Used in Each of Their Syntheses compound PEPA 6-FDA ODA POSS 0 POSS 2 4 5 0 1 cis/trans-POSS 2 4 4 1 (cis

  5. Nanotube/Polymer Composites: Materials Selection and Process Design

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    Winey, Karen


    ...) define processing methods most appropriate for the materials identified. Our study of SWNT-polymer composites focuses on thermoplastics, because these materials can be readily drawn into fibers...

  6. Fabrication of fluorinated polyimide microgrids using magnetically controlled reactive ion etching (MC-RIE) and their applications to an ion drag integrated micropump (United States)

    Furuya, Akinori; Shimokawa, Fusao; Matsuura, Tohru; Sawada, Renshi


    Magnetically controlled reactive ion etching (MC-RIE) of a fluorinated polyimide substrate achieved etching selectivity of up to 2600, resulting in a smoothly etched surface and structures hundreds of micrometers high having good perpendicularity. This technique is useful for three-dimensional microfabrication. As an example of a typical application, we fabricated an ion drag integrated micropump with microgrid sets consisting of 0960-1317/6/3/003/img1 high pole-shaped counter-electrode elements arranged like a pair of interleaved combs by using a fluorinated polyimide as the structural material, metallization, and lift-off using a ZnO sacrificial layer. This micropump moved ethanol with a flow rate of about 0960-1317/6/3/003/img2 when 200 V was applied to the counter electrodes.

  7. AZ-2000-IECW and StaMet Black Kapton Options for Solar Probe Plus MAG Sensor MLI Kevlar/Polyimide Shells (United States)

    Choi, Michael K.


    AZ-2000-IECW white paint and StaMet black Kapton have been evaluated for the Kevlar/polyimide shells that enclose the Solar Probe Plus Magnetometer (MAG) sensors and multilayer insulation. Flight qualification testing on AZ-2000-IECW painted Kevlar/polyimide laminate was completed at Goddard Space Flight Center. This paint potentially meets all the requirements. However, it has no flight heritage. StaMet is hotter in the sun, and is specular. The results of the MAG thermal balance test show StaMet meets the thermal requirement and heater power budget. The mission prefers to fly StaMet after evaluating the risks of AZ-2000-IECW flaking and glint from StaMet to the Star Trackers.

  8. Experimental modeling of laminar composites for multifrequency eddy current measurements. [Thickness and resistivity measurement on Al/Kapton or Al/polyimide

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    Heckman, R.V.


    This report describes a computer modeling program, originally developed by Dodd and Deeds of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, capable of calculating the experimental voltage amplitudes and phases which can be obtained with rectangular cross-section coils being operated at multiple frequencies. This program was applied to two multilayered composites in order to determine the feasibility of making thickness and resistivity measurements of the individual layers. The results of these calculations indicate that the thickness of the aluminum/Kapton composite layers could be measured to a precision of better than 1% and the resistivity of the conductive layers could be measured to a precision of better than 10%. The second composite, a structure consisting of alternating layers of aluminum and polyimide, a varnish, was found to be measureable also. A minimum of two frequency components were found to be necessary for the aluminum/Kapton composite while three frequencies were found to be necessary for the aluminum polyimide case.

  9. A high-flux polyimide hollow fiber membrane to minimize footprint and energy penalty for CO2 recovery from flue gas

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    Lively, Ryan P.


    Using a process-guided approach, a new 6FDA-based polyimide - 6FDA-DAM:DABA(4:1) - has been developed in the form of hollow fiber membranes for CO 2 recovery from post-combustion flue gas streams. Dense film studies on this polymer reveal a CO 2 permeability of 224 Barrers at 40°C at a CO 2 feed pressure of 10psia. The dense films exhibit an ideal CO 2/N 2 permselectivity of 20 at 40°C, which permits their use in a two-step counter-flow/sweep membrane process. Dry-jet, wet-quench, non-solvent-induced phase inversion spinning was used to create defect-free hollow fibers from 6FDA-DAM:DABA(4:1). Membranes with defect-free skin layers, approximately 415nm thick, were obtained with a pure CO 2 permeance of 520GPU at 30°C and an ideal CO 2/N 2 permselectivity of 24. Mixed gas permeation and wet gas permeation are presented for the fibers. The CO 2 permeance in the fibers was reduced by approximately a factor of 2 in feeds with 80% humidity. As a proof-of-concept path forward to increase CO 2 flux, we incorporated microporous ZIF-8 fillers into 6FDA-DAM:DABA(4:1) dense films. Our 6FDA-DAM:DABA(4:1)/ZIF-8 dense film composites (20wt% ZIF-8) had a CO 2 permeability of 550 Barrers and a CO 2/N 2 selectivity of 19 at 35°C. Good adhesion between the ZIF and the 6FDA-DAM:DABA(4:1) matrix was observed. CO 2 capture costs of $27/ton of CO 2 using the current, "non-optimized" membrane are estimated using a custom counterflow membrane model. Hollow fiber membrane modules were estimated to have order-of-magnitude reductions in system footprint relative to spiral-wound modules, thereby making them attractive in current space-constrained coal-fired power stations. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  10. Modelling actual and potential wind erosion risk by using readily available data on weather elements and GIS : "a pilot study from Denmark and Switzerland"


    Saremi Naeini, Mohammadali


    Wind erosion is a complex process which is affected generally by the combined impact of wind erosivity and soil erodibility. According to the complexity of the wind erosion process, the main aim of this research was to design a practical model to predict potential and actual wind erosion risk based on spatial distribution of wind erosivity and soil erodibility. For representation of the potential and actual wind erosion risk in this study, two pilot countries with very different environmental...

  11. Poly(imide benzimidazole)s for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Yuan, Sen; Guo, Xiaoxia; Aili, David


    -cresol in the presence of benzoic acid and isoquinoline at 180°C for 20h. The resulting PIBIs showed excellent thermo-oxidative as well as radical-oxidative resistance and, depending on the composition of the random copolymers, the PIBI membranes could be readily doped in polyphosphoric acid (PPA) or in 85wt......% orthophosphoric acid under pressure at 180°C to give acid uptakes as high as 780wt% and anhydrous proton conductivity of up to 0.26Scm-1 at elevated temperatures. The PIBI membrane with a 1:1molar ratio of APABI:ODA (PIBI-1/1) and with an acid uptake of 300wt% showed an elastic modulus of 0.1GPa at 160°C, which...... is an order of magnitude higher than that of the common polybenzimidazole membranes with similar acid contents. A preliminary H2/air fuel cell test at 180°C showed a peak power density of 350mWcm-2 of the fuel cell equipped with the phosphoric acid doped PIBI-1/1 membrane with a 300wt% acid uptake...

  12. Optically Immersed Bolometer IR Detectors Based on V2O5 Thin Films with Polyimide Thermal Impedance Control Layer for Space Applications (United States)

    Sumesh, M. A.; Thomas, Beno; Vijesh, T. V.; Mohan Rao, G.; Viswanathan, M.; Karanth, S. P.


    Optically immersed bolometer IR detectors were fabricated using electron beam evaporated vanadium oxide as the sensing material. Spin-coated polyimide was used as medium to optically immerse the sensing element to the flat surface of a hemispherical germanium lens. This optical immersion layer also serves as the thermal impedance control layer and decides the performance of the devices in terms of responsivity and noise parameters. The devices were packaged in suitable electro-optical packages and the detector parameters were studied in detail. Thermal time constant varies from 0.57 to 6.0 ms and responsivity from 75 to 757 V W-1 corresponding to polyimide thickness in the range 2 to 70 μm for a detector bias of 9 V in the wavelength region of 14-16 μm. Highest D* obtained was 1.2×108 cmHz1/2 W-1. Noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of 20 mK was achieved for devices with polyimide thickness more than 32 μm. The figure of merit, NETD × τ product which describes trade-off between thermal time constant and sensitivity is also extensively studied for devices having different thickness of thermal impedance layers.

  13. In-situ synthesis and thermal-electrical properties of CP2- polyimide/pristine and amine-functionalized carbon nanofiber composites (United States)

    Wang, David H.; Jacobs, J. David; Trionfi, Aaron; Arlen, Michael J.; Hsu, Julia W. P.; Vaia, Richard A.; Tan, Loon-Seng


    Vapor-grown carbon nanofibers (VGCNF) functionalized with amine-containing pendants, viz.H2N-VGCNF, reacted with 2,2-bis(phthalic anhydride)-1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropane, which was the dianhydride monomer used in in-situ polymerization with 1,3-bis(3-aminophenoxy)benzene to afford a series of CP2-polyimide nanocomposite films (FCNFCP2), containing 0.18-9.19 wt % of H2N-VGCNF (corresponding to 0.10-5.0 wt % of pristine VGCNF), via conventional poly(amic acid) precursor method. For comparison, another series of in situ nanocomposites containing pristine VGCNF (0.10-5.0 wt %) was also prepared similarly. While H2N-VGCNFs enabled direct formation of CP2 grafts on the nanofibers, pristine VGCNFs would result in a relatively weak interface between nanofibers and the CP2 matrix. Conducting-tip atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) showed that the electrical transport was solely through the nanofiber networks in the PCNF-CP2. In general, low-frequency ac impedance measurements followed well the percolation bond model with low percolation threshold; 0.24 and 0.68 vol % for PCNF-CP2 and FCNF-CP2, respectively. However, the design of interface is determined to be crucial for controlling the electrical behavior in four substantial ways: (i) magnitude of limiting conductivity, (ii) linearity of I-V response, (iii) magnitude and direction of temperature-dependent resistivity, and (iv) reproducibility of the absolute value of resistivity with thermal cycling. These observations are consistent with a direct CNF-CNF contact limiting transport in the PCNF-CP2 system, where the CP2 grafts on FCNF form a dielectric layer between individual CNFs, limiting transport within the FCNF-CP2 system. Furthermore, the CP2 grafts on the FCNF surface reduce local polymer dewetting at the nanofiber surfaces when the temperatures exceed the CP2 glass transition, and stabilize the structure of the percolation network and associated conductivity. The general behavior of these interfacial extremes

  14. Synthesis and gas permeation properties of a novel thermally-rearranged polybenzoxazole made from an intrinsically microporous hydroxyl-functionalized triptycene-based polyimide precursor

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    Alghunaimi, Fahd


    A hydroxyl-functionalized triptycene-based polyimide of intrinsic microporosity (TDA1-APAF) was converted to a polybenzoxazole (PBO) by heat treatment at 460 °C under nitrogen atmosphere. TDA1-APAF treated for 15 min (TR 460) resulted in a PBO conversion of 95% based on a theoretical weight loss of 11.7 wt% of the polyimide precursor. The BET surface area of the TR 460 (680 m2 g−1) was significantly higher than that of the TDA1-APAF polyimide (260 m2 g−1) as determined by nitrogen adsorption at −196 °C. Heating TDA1-APAF for 30 min (TRC 460) resulted in a weight loss of 13.5 wt%, indicating full conversion to PBO and partial main-chain degradation. The TR 460 membrane displayed excellent O2 permeability of 311 Barrer coupled with an O2/N2 selectivity of 5.4 and CO2 permeability of 1328 Barrer with a CO2/CH4 selectivity of 27. Interestingly, physical aging over 150 days resulted in enhanced O2/N2 selectivity of 6.3 with an O2 permeability of 185 Barrer. The novel triptycene-based TR 460 PBO outperformed all previously reported APAF-polyimide-based PBOs with gas permeation performance close to recently reported polymers located on the 2015 O2/N2 upper bound. Based on this study, thermally-rearranged membranes from hydroxyl-functionalized triptycene-based polyimides are promising candidate membrane materials for air separation, specifically in applications where space and weight of membrane systems are of utmost importance such as nitrogen production for inert atmospheres in fuel lines and tanks on aircrafts and off-shore oil- or natural gas platforms. Mixed-gas permeation experiments also demonstrated good performance of the TR 460 membrane for natural gas sweetening with a CO2 permeability of ∼1000 Barrer and CO2/CH4 selectivity of 22 at a typical CO2 wellhead partial pressure of 10 bar.

  15. Transscleral implantation and neurophysiological testing of subretinal polyimide film electrodes in the domestic pig in visual prosthesis development (United States)

    Sachs, Helmut G.; Schanze, Thomas; Brunner, Ursula; Sailer, Heiko; Wiesenack, Christoph


    Loss of photoreceptor function is responsible for a variety of blinding diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa. Advances in microtechnology have led to the development of electronic visual prostheses which are currently under investigation for the treatment of human blindness. The design of a subretinal prosthesis requires that the stimulation device should be implantable in the subretinal space of the eye. Current limitations in eye surgery have to be overcome to demonstrate the feasibility of this approach and to determine basic stimulation parameters. Therefore, polyimide film-bound electrodes were implanted in the subretinal space in anaesthetized domestic pigs as a prelude to electrical stimulation in acute experiments. Eight eyes underwent surgery to demonstrate the transscleral implantability of the device. Four of the eight eyes were stimulated electrically. In these four animals the cranium was prepared for epidural recording of evoked visual cortex responses, and stimulation was performed with sequences of current impulses. All eight subretinal implantation procedures were carried out successfully with polyimide film electrodes and each electrode was implanted beneath the outer retina of the posterior pole of the operated eyes. Four eyes were used for neurophysiological testing, involving recordings of epidural cortical responses to light and electrical stimulation. A light stimulus response, which occurred 40 ms after stimulation, proved the integrity of the operated eye. The electrical stimuli occurred about 20 ms after the onset of stimulation. The stimulation threshold was approximately 100 µA. Both the threshold and the cortical responses depended on the correspondence between retinal stimulation and cortical recording sites and on the number of stimulation electrodes used simultaneously. The subretinal implantation of complex stimulation devices using the transscleral procedure with consecutive subretinal stimulation is feasible in acute

  16. Gas separation performance of carbon molecular sieve membranes based on 6FDA-mPDA/DABA (3:2) polyimide. (United States)

    Qiu, Wulin; Zhang, Kuang; Li, Fuyue Stephanie; Zhang, Ke; Koros, William J


    6FDA-mPDA/DABA (3:2) polyimide was synthesized and characterized for uncross-linked, thermally crosslinked, and carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes. The membranes were characterized with thermogravimetric analysis, FTIR spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and gas permeation tests. Variations in the d spacing, the formation of pore structures, and changes in the pore sizes of the CMS membranes were discussed in relation to pyrolysis protocols. The uncross-linked polymer membranes showed high CO2 /CH4 selectivity, whereas thermally crosslinked membranes exhibited significantly improved CO2 permeability and excellent CO2 plasticization resistance. The CMS membranes showed even higher CO2 permeability and CO2 /CH4 selectivity. An increase in the pyrolysis temperature resulted in CMS membranes with lower gas permeability but higher selectivity. The 550 °C pyrolyzed CMS membranes showed CO2 permeability as high as 14 750 Barrer with CO2 /CH4 selectivity of approximately 52. Even 800 °C pyrolyzed CMS membranes still showed high CO2 permeability of 2610 Barrer with high CO2 /CH4 selectivity of approximately 118. Both polymer membranes and the CMS membranes are very attractive in aggressive natural gas purification applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Comparison of photoinduced reorientation of ortho-, meta-, and para-methyl red-doped nematic liquid crystals on rubbed polyimide. (United States)

    Statman, David; Statman, Ariel T; Wozniak, Kaitlin; Brennan, Christopher


    We compare the photoinduced reorientation of the easy axis on rubbed polyimide surfaces for the nematic E7 doped with three isomers of methyl red; ortho, meta, and para. Using optical techniques, the angle and the pitch of the director at the polymer surface were measured before, during, and after photoexcitation of the dye. Optical absorbances were also measured before and after photoexcitation. Extrapolation lengths, hence anchoring energies, were determined with the on/off application of a magnetic field for meta- and para-methyl red-doped nematics. Because of an elastic reorientation of the easy axis in the presence of the magnetic field, we could not determine the extrapolation length of the ortho-methyl red-doped nematic. Our results confirm that photoinduced reorientation is facilitated by desorption of all dyes from the polymer surface. While there is little evidence of weak photoinduced adsorption of meta- and para-methyl red to the surface during photoexcitation, there is strong evidence of photoinduced adsorption of ortho-methyl red, which is long lasting.

  18. "Thermal Stabilization Effect" of Al2O3 nano-dopants improves the high-temperature dielectric performance of polyimide. (United States)

    Yang, Yang; He, Jinliang; Wu, Guangning; Hu, Jun


    Insulation performance of the dielectrics under extreme conditions always attracts widespread attention in electrical and electronic field. How to improve the high-temperature dielectric properties of insulation materials is one of the key issues in insulation system design of electrical devices. This paper studies the temperature-dependent corona resistance of polyimide (PI)/Al2O3 nanocomposite films under high-frequency square-wave pulse conditions. Extended corona resistant lifetime under high-temperature conditions is experimentally observed in the 2 wt% nanocomposite samples. The "thermal stabilization effect" is proposed to explain this phenomenon which attributes to a new kind of trap band caused by nanoparticles. This effect brings about superior space charge characteristics and corona resistance under high temperature with certain nano-doping concentration. The proposed theory is experimentally demonstrated by space charge analysis and thermally stimulated current (TSC) tests. This discovered effect is of profound significance on improving high-temperature dielectric properties of nanocomposites towards various applications.

  19. Synthesis and Compatibility of Ionic Liquid Containing Rod-Coil Polyimide Gel Electrolytes with Lithium Metal Electrodes (United States)

    Tigelaar, Dean M.; Palker, Allyson E.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Bennett, William R.


    A highly cross-linked polyimide-polyethylene oxide copolymer has been synthesized that is capable of holding large volumes of liquid component, simultaneously maintaining good dimensional stability. An amine end capped oligomer was made that was imidized in solution, followed by reaction with a triisocyanate in the presence of desired additives at ambient temperature. Polymer films are able to hold over 4 times their weight in room temperature ionic liquid RTIL or carbonate solvent. Electrolytes were studied that contained varying amounts of RTIL, lithium trifluoromethanesulfonimide LiTFSi, and alumina nanoparticles. Electrochemical stability of these electrolytes with lithium metal electrodes was studied by galvanic cycling and impedance spectroscopy. Improved cycling stability and decreased interfacial resistance were observed when increasing amounts of RTIL and LiTFSi were added. The addition of small amounts of alumina further decreased interfacial resistance by nearly an order of magnitude. During the course of the study, cycling stability increased from less than 3 to greater than 1000 h at 60 C and 0.25 mA/cm2 current density.

  20. High-performance carbon molecular sieve membranes for ethylene/ethane separation derived from an intrinsically microporous polyimide

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    Salinas, Octavio


    An intrinsically microporous polymer with hydroxyl functionalities, PIM-6FDA-OH, was used as a precursor for various types of carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes for ethylene/ethane separation. The pristine polyimide films were heated under controlled N2 atmosphere at different stages from 500 to 800 °C. All CMS samples carbonized above 600 °C surpassed the polymeric ethylene/ethane upper bound. Pure-gas selectivity reached 17.5 for the CMS carbonized at 800 °C with an ethylene permeability of about 10 Barrer at 2 bar and 35 °C, becoming the most selective CMS for ethylene/ethane separation reported to date. As expected, gravimetric sorption experiments showed that all CMS membranes had ethylene/ethane solubility selectivities close to one. The permselectivity increased with increasing pyrolysis temperature due to densification of the micropores in the CMS membranes, leading to enhanced diffusivity selectivity. Mixed-gas tests with a binary 50:50 v/v ethylene/ethane feed showed a decrease in selectivity from 14 to 8.3 as the total feed pressure was increased from 4 to 20 bar. The selectivity drop under mixed-gas conditions was attributed to non-ideal effects: (i) Competitive sorption that reduced the permeability of ethylene and (ii) dilation of the CMS that resulted in an increase in the ethane permeability.

  1. Silica–silica Polyimide Buffered Optical Fibre Irradiation and Strength Experiment at Cryogenic Temperatures for 355 nm Pulsed Lasers

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    Takala, E; Bordini, B; Bottura, L; Bremer, J; Rossi, L


    A controlled UV-light delivery system is envisioned to be built in order to study the stability properties of superconducting strands. The application requires a wave guide from room temperature to cryogenic temperatures. Hydrogen loaded and unloaded polyimide buffered silica–silica 100 microm core fibres were tested at cryogenic temperatures. A thermal stress test was done at 1.9 K and at 4.2 K which shows that the minimal mechanical bending radius for the fibre can be 10 mm for testing (transmission was not measured). The cryogenic transmission loss was measured for one fibre to assess the magnitude of the transmission decrease due to microbending that takes place during cooldown. UV-irradiation degradation measurements were done for bent fibres at 4.2 K with a deuterium lamp and 355 nm pulsed lasers. The irradiation tests show that the fibres have transmission degradation only for wavelengths smaller than 330 nm due to the two photon absorption. The test demonstrates that the fibres are suitable for the ...

  2. Effect of chemical modification of graphene on mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of polyimide/graphene nanocomposites. (United States)

    Ha, Hun Wook; Choudhury, Arup; Kamal, Tahseen; Kim, Dong-Hun; Park, Soo-Young


    Chemically modified graphene sheets were dispersed in a high-performance polyimide (PI) matrix using polyamic acid (PAA)/graphene nanocomposite as a precursor. PI nanocomposite films with different loadings of graphene sheets were prepared by thermal imidization of the as-prepared PAA/graphene nanocomposites. Graphene oxide (GO) synthesized by Hummer's method was chemically reduced with various reducing agents to produce reduced GOs (rGOs). The incorporation of only 5 wt% GO resulted in an ~12-fold and ~18-fold increase in the tensile strength and tensile modulus of PI, respectively, while the PI/rGO nanocomposites were found to have relatively inferior tensile properties. The superior mechanical properties of the PI/GO nanocomposites were attributed to the good dispersion and effective stress transfer between the polymer and GO sheets, as evidenced by the results from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and morphological studies. Furthermore, the PI/GO nanocomposites exhibited higher loading capacity than PI/rGO. The thermo-oxidative stability of PI was also remarkably improved with the addition of both GO and rGOs, but rGOs had a more pronounced effect. The electrical conductivity of PI/rGO nanocomposites was higher than that of PI/GO, suggesting restoration of the graphene basal plane upon the reduction of GO. The highest electrical conductivity was achieved for the l-ascorbic acid reduced GO-reinforced PI nanocomposites.

  3. Photo-Induced Vertical Alignment of Liquid Crystals via In Situ Polymerization Initiated by Polyimide Containing Benzophenone

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    Fei Wang


    Full Text Available Vertical alignment of liquid crystal (LC was achieved in an easy and effective way: in situ photopolymerization of dodecyl acrylate (DA monomers initiated by polyimide based on 3,3′,4,4′-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride and 3,3′-dimethyl-4,4′-diaminodiphenyl methane (BTDA-DMMDA PI. The alignment behavior and alignment stabilities were characterized by a polarizing optical microscope (POM, which showed a stable vertical alignment after 12 h of thermal treatment. The chemical structures, morphology, and water contact angles of alignment films peeled from LC cells with and without DA monomers were analyzed by means of a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR, a scanning electron microscope (SEM, and a contact angle tester, separately. The results confirmed that the DA monomers underwent self-polymerization and grafting polymerization initiated by the BTDA-DMMDA PI under ultraviolet irradiation, which aggregated on the surfaces of PI films. The water contact angles of the alignment films were about 15° higher, indicating a relative lower surface energy. In conclusion, the vertical alignment of LC was introduced by the low surface free energy of PI films grafted with DA polymer and intermolecular interactions between LC and DA polymers.

  4. A highly compliant serpentine shaped polyimide interconnect for front-end strain relief in chronic neural implants

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    Viswanath eSankar


    Full Text Available While the signal quality of recording neural electrodes is observed to degrade over time, the degradation mechanisms are complex and less easily observable. Recording microelectrodes failures are attributed to different biological factors such as tissue encapsulation, immune response, and disruption of blood-brain barrier (BBB and non-biological factors such as strain due to micromotion, insulation delamination, corrosion, and surface roughness on the recording site (Polikov et. al., 2005; Prasad et. al., 2011; Streit et. al., 2012; Prasad et. al., 2012. Strain due to brain micromotion is considered to be one of the important abiotic factors contributing to the failure of the neural implants. To reduce the forces exerted by the electrode on the brain, a high compliance 2D serpentine shaped electrode cable was designed, simulated, and measured using polyimide as the substrate material. Serpentine electrode cables were fabricated using MEMS microfabrication techniques, and the prototypes were subjected to load tests to experimentally measure the compliance. The compliance of the serpentine cable was numerically modeled and quantitatively measured to be up to 10 times higher than the compliance of a straight cable of same dimensions and material.


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    Full Text Available Gas separation performance of a membrane highly hinges on its physical properties. In this study, the interplay between polymer packing of a membrane and its gas transport behaviours (permeability and selectivity was investigated through a series of 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2 polyimide membranes with different polymer compactness. The chemical structure and the polymer packing of the resulting membrane were characterized using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR and packing density measurement, respectively. CO2/N2 separation efficiency of the membrane was evaluated at 25oC with feed pressure up to 6 bar. N2 permeability was found to rely on the membrane’s packing density, which signified its greater dependence on molecular sieving. In contrast, sorption showed a more vital role in determining the CO2 permeability. In this work, the membrane with a final thickness of 97±2 µm had successfully surpassed the Robeson’s 2008 upper bound plot with a CO2 permeability of 83 Barrer and CO2/N2 selectivity of 97 at 3 bar permeation.

  6. Role of Lewis basicity and van der Waals forces in adhesion of silica MFI zeolites (010) with polyimides. (United States)

    Lee, Jung-Hyun; Thio, Beng Joo Reginald; Bae, Tae-Hyun; Meredith, J Carson


    Adhesion between zeolites and polymers is a central factor in achieving defect-free mixed-matrix membranes for energy-efficient gas separations. In this work, atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to measure adhesion forces between a pure silica MFI (ZSM-5: Zeolite Socony Mobil-Five) (010) zeolite probe and a series of polyimide (Matrimid 5218, 6FDA-DAM, 6FDA-6FpDA, and 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2)) and polyetherimide (Ultem 1000) polymers in air. Combined with measurements of surface energy of the polymer surfaces, the dependence of adhesion on polymer structure was determined. Adhesion force was strongly dependent on the Lewis basicity component of polymer surface energy and was less dependent on van der Waals (VDW) components, by a factor of about 6. Hydrogen bonding likely occurs between the acidic (electron acceptor) component of the zeolite surface (silanols or adsorbed water) and the basic (electron donor) component of the polymer surface. Adhesion force was strongly correlated with the mole fraction of carbonyls per monomer. We conclude that differences in adhesion as a function of polymer structure were primarily controlled by the polymer's Lewis basicity, contributed primarily by carbonyl groups.

  7. In situ polymerization synthesis of Z-scheme tungsten trioxide/polyimide photocatalyst with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity (United States)

    Meng, Pengcheng; Heng, Huimin; Sun, Yanhong; Liu, Xia


    A novel direct Z-scheme P-containing tungsten trioxide/polyimide (PWO/PI) photocatalyst was synthesized by an in-situ solid-state polymerization strategy to enhance the visible-light photocatalytic oxidation capacity of PI. The effects of polymerization temperature and PWO content on the physicochemical properties of PWO/PI composites and photocatalytic degradation efficiency of imidacloprid were investigated. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transformed infrared spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis diffused reflection spectra and N2 adsorption-desorption isothermals. The results showed that the photocatalysts with visible-light photocatalytic activity can already be prepared at 300 °C. The PWO/PI composites exhibited a lamellar structure and PWO was wrapped by PI. After PWO was introduced, there was a significant interaction between PWO and PI, and the visible light response of photocatalysts was also improved. The visible-light photocatalytic degradation efficiency of imidacloprid on 3% PWO/PI-300 composite was about 3.2 times of commercial P25, and the corresponding pseudo-first-order rate constant was about 2.9 times of pristine PI. The Z-scheme photocatalytic system of PWO/PI composites was confirmed by the electron spin resonance technology, terephthalic acid photoluminescence probing technique, reactive species trapping experiments, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and photoluminescence of PWO/PI composites and pristine photocatalysts.

  8. Novel Poly(imide dioxime) Sorbents: Development and testing for enhanced extraction of uranium from natural seawater

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    Das, Sadananda; Brown, Suree S.; Mayes, Richard T.; Janke, Christopher J.; Tsouris, Costas; Kuo, Li-Jung; Gill, Gary A.; Dai, Sheng


    A new series of amidoxime-based polymer adsorbents were synthesized at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by electron beam induced grafting of acrylonitrile and itaconic acid onto polyethylene fiber. Hydroxylamine derivatives of poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) moiety are demonstrated to possess two kinds of functional groups: open-chain amidoxime and cyclic imide dioxime. The open-chain amidoxime is shown to convert to imide dioxime on heat treatment in the presence of an aprotic solvent, like dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). The formation of amidoxime and imide dioxime was confirmed by 13-C CPMAS spectra. The adsorbents were evaluated for uranium adsorption efficiency at ORNL with simulated seawater spiked with 8 ppm uranium and 5 gallon seawater in a batch reactor, and in flow-through columns with natural seawater at the Marine Science Laboratory (MSL) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) at Sequim Bay, WA. The DMSO-heat-treated sorbents adsorbed uranium as high as 4.48 g-U/kg-ads. from seawater. Experimental evidence is presented that the poly(imide dioxime) is primarily responsible for enhanced uranium adsorption capacity from natural seawater. The conjugated system in the imide dioxime ligand possesses increased electron donation ability, which is believed to significantly enhance the uranyl coordination in seawater

  9. Synthesis and characterization of flexible and high-temperature resistant polyimide aerogel with ultra-low dielectric constant

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    X. M. Zhang


    Full Text Available A polyimide (PI aerogel with excellent combined thermal and dielectric properties was successfully prepared by the polycondensation of 3,3′,4,4′-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA, 5-amino-2-(4-aminophenylbenzoxazole (APBO and octa(amino-phenylsilsesquioxane (OAPS crosslinker, followed by a supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2 drying treatment. The developed PI aerogel exhibited an ultra-low dielectric constant (k of 1.15 at a frequency of 2.75 GHz, a volume resistivity of 5.45·1014 Ω·cm, and a dielectric strength of 132 kV/cm. The flexible PI aerogel exhibited an openpore microstructure consisting of three-dimensional network with tangled nanofibers morphology with a porosity of 85.6% (volume ratio, an average pore diameter of 19.2 nm, and a Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET surface area of 428.6 m2/g. In addition, the PI aerogel showed excellent thermal stability with a glass transition temperature (Tg of 358.3 °C, a 5% weight loss temperature over 500 °C, and a residual weight ratio of 66.7% at 750 °C in nitrogen.

  10. In situ polymerization and performance of alicyclic polyimide/graphene oxide nanocomposites derived from 6FAPB and CBDA (United States)

    Lu, Yunhua; Hao, Jican; Xiao, Guoyong; Zhao, Hongbin; Hu, Zhizhi; Wang, Tonghua


    A series of alicyclic polyimide/graphene oxide(PI/GO) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by in situ polymerization of 1,4-bis(4-amino-2-trifluoromethylphenoxy)benzene(6FAPB) and 1,2,3,4-cyclobutanetetracarboxylic dianhydride(CBDA) as well as GO, followed by thermal imidization. The effect of GO on the thermal stability, optical properties, mechanical properties, water absorption and water surface contact angle of the PI-based nanocomposites was investigated. The optical properties of the pure alicyclic PI and corresponding PI-based nanocomposite films showed that the addition of GO reduced the transparency of PI films in the range of 200-800 nm obviously. With the increase of GO loading, the mechanical and thermal properties of alicyclic PI-based nanocomposites were enhanced. For the PI-1.0%GO nanocomposite films, the tensile strength was increased from 96 MPa (pure PI) to 109 MPa, and the Young's modulus was improved from 2.41 GPa (pure PI) to 3.83 GPa. The 10 wt% decomposition temperature for PI-1.0%GO nanocomposite films was increased from 464 (pure PI) to 481 °C, while the glass transition temperature (Tg) of PI/GO was slightly increased. In addition, the water surface contact angle of PI/GO enhanced from 71° to 82.5°, and the water uptake of PI/GO decreased from 2.58% to 1.48% with increasing the GO loadings. The uniform dispersion of GO in PI matrix was proved, and the pure PI and PI/GO nanocomposite films were amorphous.

  11. Surface decoration of polyimide fiber with carbon nanotubes and its application for mechanical enhancement of phosphoric acid-based geopolymers (United States)

    Yang, Tao; Han, Enlin; Wang, Xiaodong; Wu, Dezhen


    A new methodology to decorate the surface of polyimide (PI) fiber with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been developed in this study. This surface decoration was carried out through a surface alkali treatment, a carboxylation modification, surface functionalization with acyl chloride groups and then with amino groups, and a surface graft of CNTs onto PI fiber. Fourier-transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic characterizations confirmed that CNTs were chemically grafted onto the surface of PI fiber, and scanning electron microscopic observation demonstrated the fiber surface was uniformly and densely covered with CNTs. The surface energy and wettability of PI fiber were improved in the presence of CNTs on the fiber surface, which made a contribution to enhance the interfacial adhesion of PI fiber with other inorganic matrices when used as a reinforcing fiber. The application of CNTs-decorated PI fiber for the reinforcement of phosphoric acid-based geopolymers was investigated, and the results indicated that the geopolymeric composites gained a noticeable reinforcement. Compared to unreinforced geopolymer, the geopolymeric composites achieved a remarkable increase in compressive strength by 120% and in flexural strength by 283%. Fractography investigation demonstrated that the interaction adhesion between the fibers and matrix was enhanced due to the surface decoration of PI fiber with CNTs, which contributed to an improvement in fracture-energy dissipation by fiber pullout and fiber debonding from the matrix. As a result, a significant reinforcement effect on geopolymeric composites was achieved through a fiber-bridging mechanism. This study provided an effective methodology to improve the interracial bonding force for PI fiber and also proves a highly efficient application of CNTs-decorated PI fiber for the mechanical enhancement of geopolymeric composites.

  12. Preparation, characterization, and application of TiO2-patterned polyimide film as a photocatalyst for oxidation of organic contaminants. (United States)

    Ramasundaram, Subramaniyan; Seid, Mingizem Gashaw; Lee, Wonseop; Kim, Chan Ul; Kim, Eun-Ju; Hong, Seok Won; Choi, Kyoung Jin


    Photocatalytically active TiO2-patterned polyimide (PI) films (PI-TiO2) were fabricated using thermal transfer patterning (TTP). When subjected to hot pressing, the TiO2 nanoparticles electrosprayed on steel mesh templates were successfully transferred and formed checker plate patterns on PI film. FE-SEM studies confirmed that pressing at 350°C and 100MPa was optimum for obtaining patterns with uniform TiO2 coverage. When the quantity of TiO2 on the template increased, the amount of it immobilized on PI film also increased from 0.3245 to 1.2378mg per 25cm(2). XPS studies confirmed the presence TiO2 on the patterns, and indicated the formation of carboxylic acid and amide groups on the PI surface during TTP. When tested under UVA irradiation, PI-TiO2 with 1.2378mg/25cm(2) TiO2 loading exhibited the highest photocatalytic performance for methylene blue (10μM) degradation, with a rate constant of 0.0225min(-1) and stable photocatalytic efficacy for 25 cycles of reuse. The PI-TiO2 was also successfully used to degrade amoxicillin, atrazine, and 4-chlorophenol. During photocatalysis, the toxicity of 4-chlorophenol against Vibrio fischeri and the antibiotic activity of amoxicillin against Escherichia coli were decreased. Overall, TTP was found to be a potentially scalable method for fabricating robust immobilized TiO2 photocatalyst. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Compositional optimization of polyimide-based SEPPI membranes using a genetic algorithm and high-throughput techniques. (United States)

    Vandezande, Pieter; Gevers, Lieven E M; Weyens, Nele; Vankelecom, Ivo F J


    Asymmetric, nanosized zeolite-filled solvent resistant nanofiltration (SRNF) membranes, prepared from emulsified polyimide (PI) solutions via the earlier reported solidification of emulsified polymer solutions via phase inversion (SEPPI) method, were optimized for their performance in the separation of rose bengal (RB) from 2-propanol (IPA). All membranes were prepared and tested in a parallellized, miniaturized, and automated manner using laboratory-developed high-throughput experimentation techniques. Nine different synthesis parameters related to the composition of the casting solutions were thus optimized. In a first, "conventional" approach, a preliminary systematic screening was carried out, in which only four constituents were used, that is, Matrimid PI, NMP as solvent, THF as volatile cosolvent, and an NMP-based zeolite precursor sol as emulsifying agent. A combinatorial strategy, based on a genetic algorithm and a self-adaptive evolutionary strategy, was then applied to optimize the SRNF performance of PI-based SEPPI membranes. This directed approach allowed the screening of an extended, 9-dimensional parameter space, comprising two extra solvents, the two corresponding nanosized zeolite suspensions, as well as another cosolvent. Coupling with high-throughput techniques allowed the preparation of three generations of casting solutions, 176 compositions in total, resulting in 125 testable membranes. With IPA permeances up to 3.3 L.m(-2) h(-1) bar(-1) and RB rejections around 98%, the combinatorially optimized membranes scored significantly better with respect to fluxes and selectivities than the best membranes obtained in the systematic screening. The best SEPPI membranes also showed much higher IPA permeances than two commercial SRNF membranes at similar or slightly lower RB rejections.

  14. Compositional, structural, and optical changes of polyimide implanted by 1.0 MeV Ni+ ions (United States)

    Mikšová, R.; Macková, A.; Pupikova, H.; Malinský, P.; Slepička, P.; Švorčík, V.


    The ion irradiation leads to deep structural and compositional changes in the irradiated polymers. Ni+ ions implanted polymers were investigated from the structural and compositional changes point of view and their optical properties were investigated. Polyimide (PI) foils were implanted with 1.0 MeV Ni+ ions at room temperature with fluencies of 1.0 × 1013-1.0 × 1015 cm-2 and two different ion implantation currents densities (3.5 and 7.2 nA/cm2). Rutherford Back-Scattering (RBS) and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) were used for determination of oxygen and hydrogen escape in implanted PI. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) was used to follow surface roughness modification after the ion implantation and UV-Vis spectroscopy was employed to check the optical properties of the implanted PI. The implanted PI structural changes were analysed using Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). High energy Ni-ion implantation causes only a minor release of hydrogen and oxygen close to the polymer sub-surface region in about 60 nm thick layer penetrated by the ion beam; especially at ion fluencies below 1.0 × 1014 cm-2. The mostly pronounced structural changes of the Ni implanted PI were found for the samples implanted above ion fluence 1.0 × 1015 cm-2 and at the ion current density 7.2 nA/cm2, where the optical band gap significantly decreases and the reduction of more complex structural unit of PI monomer was observed.

  15. Non-Toxic Multifunctional Silsesquioxane Diamine Monomer for Use in Aerospace Polyimides (United States)


    Space Administration NA: Nadic Anhydride NE: 5-Norbornene-2,3´-dicarboxylic Half Acid Ester NMR: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy ODA: 3,4´,4,4...esterification, and the resultant solution is utilized to impregnate (pre-preg) textile tapes and fabrics. It was found that the subject POSS...nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy after synthesis and amic acid imidization. POSS was found to improve the processing characteristics

  16. Design and Synthesis of Polyimides Based on Carbocyclic Pseudo-Tröger’s Base-Derived Dianhydrides for Membrane Gas Separation Applications

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    Two novel carbocyclic pseudo-Tröger’s base-derived dianhydrides, 5,6,11,12-tetrahydro-5,11-methanodibenzo[a,e][8]annulene-2,3,8,9-tetracarboxylic anhydride (CTB1) and its dione-substituted analogue 6,12-dioxo-5,6,11,12-tetrahydro-5,11-methanodibenzo[a,e][8]annulene-2,3,8,9-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (CTB2), were made and used for the synthesis of soluble polyimides of intrinsic microporosity with 3,3′-dimethylnaphthidine (DMN). The polyimides CTB1-DMN and CTB2-DMN exhibited excellent thermal stability of ∼500 °C and high BET surface areas of 580 and 469 m2 g–1, respectively. A freshly made dione-substituted CTB2-DMN membrane demonstrated promising gas separation performance with O2 permeability of 206 barrer and O2/N2 selectivity of 5.2. A higher O2 permeability of 320 barrer and lower O2/N2 selectivity of 4.2 were observed for a fresh CTB1-DMN film due to its higher surface area and less tightly packed structure as indicated by weaker charge-transfer complex interactions. Physical aging over 60 days resulted in reduction in gas permeability and moderately enhanced selectivity. CTB2-DMN exhibited notable performance with gas permeation data located between the 2008 and 2015 permeability/selectivity upper bounds for O2/N2 and H2/CH4.

  17. Novel 6FDA-based polyimides derived from sterically hindered Tröger's base diamines: Synthesis and gas permeation properties

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    Ghanem, Bader


    Two novel Tröger\\'s base-based di-o-substituted diamine monomers were synthesized and used to prepare two intrinsically microporous 6FDA-based polyimides (PIM-PI-TB-1 and PIM-PI-TB-2) with high molecular weight, high thermal stability and excellent solubility in common organic solvents. Compared to previously reported methods for preparing TB-based diamines, which are based on reduction of dimerized nitro-substituted anilines or condensation of phenylenediamine derivatives with dianhydrides, the novel protocol can be used to prepare different functionalized TB-based diamine monomers from a wide variety of aniline derivatives. PIM-PI-TB-1 (made from 6FDA and dibromo-tetramethyl-substituted TB diamine) and PIM-PI-TB-2 (made from 6FDA and tetramethyl-substituted TB diamine) are intrinsically microporous polymers with high BET surface areas of 440 m2/g and 580 m2/g, respectively. Pure-gas permeability coefficients of He, H2, N2, O2, CH4, and CO2 were measured at 35 °C and 2 bar for fresh and 180 days aged films. Both TB-based polyimides exhibited high gas permeability with moderate selectivity. The gas permeability dropped significantly coupled with a moderate increase in selectivity after long-term physical aging of 180 days.

  18. Photo-aligned blend films of azobenzene-containing polyimides with and without side-chains for inducing inclined alignment of liquid crystal molecules (United States)

    Usami, Kiyoaki; Sakamoto, Kenji


    We have succeeded in controlling the pretilt angle of liquid crystal (LC) molecules over the whole range of 0 to 90° by using photo-aligned blend films of two azobenzene-containing polyimides (Azo-PIs) with and without side-chains. The Azo-PIs were synthesized from pyromellitic dianhydride and a mixture of 4,4'-diaminoazobenzene and 4-(4'-propylbi(cyclohexan)-4-yl)phenyl 3,5-diaminobenzoate (PBCP-DABA). PBCP-DABA is a diamine to introduce a side-chain structure into the polyimide. Defect-free uniform LC alignment was obtained in the pretilt angle (θp) ranges of θp ≤ 11° and θp ≥ 78°. Previously, we reported that the pretilt angle can be controlled using pure photo-aligned films of Azo-PIs with different molar fractions of PBCP-DABA. For the pure photo-aligned films, the defect-free pretilt angle ranges were θp < 5° and θp ≥ 85°. These results suggest that the azimuthal anchoring strength of the blend Azo-PI film is stronger than that of the pure films of Azo-PIs with side-chains, at least for the pretilt angle range from 5 to 11°. We found that the defect-free pretilt angle range can be extended by using the blend Azo-PI films instead of the pure Azo-PI films.

  19. Polyimide-Epoxy Composites with Superior Bendable Properties for Application in Flexible Electronics (United States)

    Lee, Sangyoup; Yoo, Taewon; Han, Youngyu; Kim, Hanglim; Han, Haksoo


    The need for flexible electronics with outstanding bending properties is increasing due to the demand for wearable devices and next-generation flexible or rollable smartphones. In addition, the requirements for flexible or rigid-flexible electronics are sharply increasing to achieve the design of space-saving electronic devices. In this regard, coverlay (CL) film is a key material used in the bending area of flexible electronics, albeit infrequently. Because flexible electronics undergo folding and unfolding numerous times, CL films with superior mechanical and bending properties are required so that the bending area can endure such severe stress. However, because current CL films are only used for a designated bending area in the flexible electronics panel, their highly complicated and expensive manufacturing procedure is a disadvantage. In addition, the thickness of CL films must be decreased to satisfy the ongoing requirement for increasingly thin products. However, due to the limitations of the two-layer structure of existing CL films, the manufacturing process cannot be made more cost effective by simply applying more thin film onto the board. To address this problem, we have developed liquid coverlay inks (LCIs) with superior bendable properties, in comparison with CL films, when applied onto flexible electronics using a screen-printing method. The results show that LCIs have the potential to become one of the leading candidates to replace existing CL films because of their lower cost and faster manufacturing process.

  20. Preliminary Evaluation of Techniques to Fabricate Beryllium, Polyimide, and Ge-doped CH/CD Ablator Materials

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    Cook, B; Letts, S; Nikroo, A; Nobile, A; McElfresh, M; Cooley, J; Alexander, D


    This report including appendices provides information to complete this deliverable. It summarizes the important features of each ablator material, with particular focus to its usefulness for ignition capsules. More detailed discussions of each ablator type are in the Appendix. Included at the end of each separate discussion in the Appendix is a list of all published work with an ICF focus on that ablator type. This report is organized into Be based and polymer (C) based ablators. We summarize status, outstanding issues, and how we plan to address them. Details are in the Appendix. For Be there are two fabrication routes, one by machining bulk pieces into hemi-shells which are then bonded together, and the other by sputtering Be with Cu dopant onto spherical plastic mandrels to build up a wall. This method allows for radial variation in the Cu dopant concentration, while the machining approach is best suited to a uniform doping level. For plastic, we have already made a down select, eliminating polyimide because its performance as an ablator has been seen to be significantly different from that predicted by simulations. The other polymer, GDP (glow discharge polymer or sometimes called plasma polymer) comes in both a normal (hydrogenated) and deuterated form. There are differences between them (besides the H or D) and these will be detailed. The choice between them will be determined in part by cryogenic measurement of the IR absorption spectrum of DT scheduled to occur in the next few months. An initial list of specifications for ignition targets exists. However these specifications are continuing to evolve. This is due to evolving plans for NIF's deliverable energy and to more refined design simulations. Many requirements are not well specified due to lack of knowledge of the effect on the implosion. These requirements include: grain size and texture, fill hole size, fill tube size, bond joint thickness, allowable porosity (size and number), diameter and wall

  1. Synthesis and effect of physical aging on gas transport properties of a microporous polyimide derived from a novel spirobifluorene-based dianhydride

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    A novel generic method is reported for the synthesis of a spirobifluorene-based dianhydride (SBFDA). An intrinsically microporous polyimide was obtained by polycondensation reaction with 3,3′-dimethylnaphthidine (DMN). The corresponding polymer (SBFDA-DMN) exhibited good solubility, excellent thermal stability, as well as significant microporosity with high BET surface area of 686 m2/g. The O2 permeability of a methanol-treated and air-dried membrane was 1193 Barrer with a moderate O2/N2 selectivity of 3.2. The post-treatment history and aging conditions had great effects on the membrane performance. A significant drop in permeability coupled with an increase in selectivity was observed after long-term aging. After storage of 200 days, the gas separation properties of SBFDA-DMN were located slightly above the latest Robeson upper bounds for several gas pairs such as O2/N2 and H2/N2.

  2. Effect of Supersonic Spraying Impact Velocity on Opto-Electric Properties of Transparent Conducting Flexible Films Consisting of Silver Nanowire, ITO, and Polyimide Multilayers

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    Van Hest, Marinus F [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Kim, Tae-Gun [Korea University; Lee, Jong-Gun [Korea University; Park, Chan-Woo [Korea University; Jo, Hong-Seok [Korea University; Kim, Min-Woo [Korea University; Cho, Dae-Hyung [Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI); Chung, Yong-Duck [Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI); Yoon, Sam S. [Korea University


    We demonstrate the use of supersonic spraying for the deposition of silver nanowires (AgNWs) on a flexible polyimide (PI) substrate for the formation of transparent and conducting films (TCF) as an alternative to nonflexible ITO (indium tin oxide). The self-fused intersections of the NWs resulted in films with a low sheet resistance (Rs = 31 and fairly high transmittance (Tr = 92%) on a glass substrate. The effect of the impact speed of the supersonically sprayed AgNWs on the opto-electric properties of the flexible TCF was evaluated by varying the spray coating conditions. The fabricated films were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Finally, cyclic bending tests were performed on the PI/AgNW films as well as PI/ZnO/indium tin oxide/AgNW films, and the changes in their electrical properties with bending were compared.

  3. Combining gravimetric and vibrational spectroscopy measurements to quantify first- and second-shell hydration layers in polyimides with different molecular architectures. (United States)

    Musto, Pellegrino; Mensitieri, Giuseppe; Lavorgna, Marino; Scarinzi, Gennaro; Scherillo, Giuseppe


    In-situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements have been carried out at different relative pressures of water vapor to study the H(2)O diffusion in three polyimides differing in their molecular structure and fluorine substitution. Spectral data have been analyzed by difference spectroscopy, least-squares curve fitting, and two-dimensional (2D) correlation spectroscopy, which provided molecular level information on the diffusion mechanism. In particular, two distinct water species were identified corresponding, respectively, to the first and second-shell hydration layers. The spectroscopic analysis demonstrated that the relative population of these species is a function of the total water content in the system. A method has been devised to quantify the water concentration in the two hydration layers, based on a combination of spectroscopic and gravimetric data. The results have been compared with those from an earlier spectroscopic approach reported in the literature and based on the analysis of the carbonyl region.

  4. Polyimide gel polymer electrolyte-nanoencapsulated LiCoO{sub 2} cathode materials for high-voltage Li-ion batteries

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    Park, Jang-Hoon; Lee, Sang-Young [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Kangwondo, 200-701 (Korea); Kim, Jong-Su; Shim, Eun-Gi [Techno Semichem, Yongin, Gyeonggido, 446-599 (Korea); Park, Kyung-Won [Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Soongsil University, Seoul, 156-743 (Korea); Hong, Young Taik [Energy Materials Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Yuseong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea); Lee, Yun-Sung [School of Applied Chemical Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, 500-757 (Korea)


    We demonstrate a novel and facile approach to surface modification of high-voltage charged LiCoO{sub 2}, which is based on encapsulating LiCoO{sub 2} by a polyimide (PI) gel polymer electrolyte layer. The PI is introduced onto the LiCoO{sub 2} by thermally curing 4-component (pyromellitic dianhydride/biphenyl dianhydride/phenylenediamine/oxydianiline) polyamic acid. The PI nanoencapsulating layer features the high surface coverage, nanometer thickness, and facile ion transport. These unique characteristics are expected to enable the PI coating layer to effectively suppress the undesirable interfacial reaction of the LiCoO{sub 2} with liquid electrolyte, which plays a key role in noticeably improving the 4.4 V cycle performance and mitigating the vigorous exothermic reaction between the charged LiCoO{sub 2} and liquid electrolyte. (author)

  5. Some load limits and self-lubricating properties of plain spherical bearings with molded graphite fiber reinforced polyimide liners to 320 C (United States)

    Sliney, H. E.


    Plain spherical bearings with molded liners of self-lubricating graphite fiber-polyimide composite were developed and their dynamic load capacities were determined. Liners were prepared by transfer molding a prepolymer resin-fiber mix into the space between the ball and outer race, the completing polymerization under heat and pressure. Bearing dynamic load capacities were in excess of 140 MPa (20,000 psi) from room temperature to 260 C and about 70 MPa (10,000 psi) at 320 C. Friction coefficients were about 0.20 at room temperatures and light loads and tended to decrease with increasing temperatures and loads to about 0.15. Thermal expansion of the liner at uniform bearing temperatures of 200 C or higher produced a bearing preload which could be alleviated by providing an initial internal diametral clearance of 0.05 to 0.10 mm.

  6. Breakdown voltage enhancement of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors by polyimide/chromium composite thin film passivation (United States)

    Futong, Chu; Chao, Chen; Xingzhao, Liu


    A novel AlGaN/GaN high electric mobility transistor (HEMT) with polyimide (PI)/chromium (Cr) as the passivation layer is proposed for enhancing breakdown voltage and its DC performance is also investigated. The Cr nanoparticles firstly introduced in PI thin films by the co-evaporation can be used to increase the permittivity of PI film. The high-permittivity PI/Cr passivation acting as field plate can suppress the fringing electric field peak at the drain-side edge of the gate electrode. This mechanism is demonstrated in accord with measured results. The experimental results show that in comparison with the AlGaN/GaN HEMTs without passivation, the breakdown voltage of HEMTs with the PI/Cr composite thin films can be significantly improved, from 122 to 248 V.

  7. Photolithography-free laser-patterned HF acid-resistant chromium-polyimide mask for rapid fabrication of microfluidic systems in glass (United States)

    Zamuruyev, Konstantin O.; Zrodnikov, Yuriy; Davis, Cristina E.


    Excellent chemical and physical properties of glass, over a range of operating conditions, make it a preferred material for chemical detection systems in analytical chemistry, biology, and the environmental sciences. However, it is often compromised with SU8, PDMS, or Parylene materials due to the sophisticated mask preparation requirements for wet etching of glass. Here, we report our efforts toward developing a photolithography-free laser-patterned hydrofluoric acid-resistant chromium-polyimide tape mask for rapid prototyping of microfluidic systems in glass. The patterns are defined in masking layer with a diode-pumped solid-state laser. Minimum feature size is limited to the diameter of the laser beam, 30 µm minimum spacing between features is limited by the thermal shrinkage and adhesive contact of the polyimide tape to 40 µm. The patterned glass substrates are etched in 49% hydrofluoric acid at ambient temperature with soft agitation (in time increments, up to 60 min duration). In spite of the simplicity, our method demonstrates comparable results to the other current more sophisticated masking methods in terms of the etched depth (up to 300 µm in borosilicate glass), feature under etch ratio in isotropic etch (~1.36), and low mask hole density. The method demonstrates high yield and reliability. To our knowledge, this method is the first proposed technique for rapid prototyping of microfluidic systems in glass with such high performance parameters. The proposed method of fabrication can potentially be implemented in research institutions without access to a standard clean-room facility.

  8. Polymer/organosilica nanocomposites based on polyimide with benzimidazole linkages and reactive organoclay containing isoleucine amino acid: Synthesis, characterization and morphology properties

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    Mallakpour, Shadpour, E-mail: [Organic Polymer Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Dinari, Mohammad [Organic Polymer Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Highlights: ► A reactive organoclay was formed using L-isoleucine amino acid as a swelling agent. ► Polyimide was synthesized from benzimidazole diamine and pyromellitic dianhydride. ► Imide and benzimidazole groups assured the thermal stability of the nanocomposites. ► Nanocomposite films were prepared by an in situ polymerization reaction. ► The TEM micrographs of nanocomposites revealed well-exfoliated structures. -- Abstract: Polyimide–silica nanocomposites are attractive hybrid architectures that possess excellent mechanical, thermal and chemical properties. But, the dispersion of inorganic domains in the polymer matrix and the compatibility between the organic and inorganic phases are critical factors in these hybrid systems. In this investigation, a reactive organoclay was prepared via ion exchange reaction between protonated form of difunctional L-isoleucine amino acid as a swelling agent and Cloisite Na{sup +} montmorillonite. Amine functional groups of this swelling agent formed an ionic bond with the negatively charged silicates, whereas the remaining acid functional groups were available for further interaction with polymer chains. Then organo-soluble polyimide (PI) have been successfully synthesized from the reaction of 2-(3,5-diaminophenyl)-benzimidazole and pyromellitic dianhydride in N,N-dimethylacetamide. Finally, PI/organoclay nanocomposite films enclosing 1%, 3%, 5%, 7% and 10% of synthesized organoclay were successfully prepared by an in situ polymerization reaction through thermal imidization. The synthesized hybrid materials were subsequently characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis techniques. The PI/organoclay nanocomposite films have good optical transparencies and the mechanical properties were substantially improved by the incorporation of the reactive organoclay.

  9. Electrochemical deposition of diluted magnetic semiconductor ZnMnSe{sub 2} on reduced graphene oxide/polyimide substrate and its properties

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    Jia, Lingpu; Yu, Shengjiao; Jiang, Yimin; Wang, Chunming, E-mail:


    Highlights: • The flexible reduced graphene/polyimide conductive substrate was made. • The ZnMnSe{sub 2} semiconductor has special porous structure. • The ZnMnSe{sub 2} has remarkable photoelectric property, the potential difference is 0.27 V. • The semiconductor ZnMnSe{sub 2} has magnetism, and the M{sub s} is 1.53 emu cm{sup −3}. - Abstract: Diluted magnetic semiconductor ZnMnSe{sub 2} has been synthesized on reduced graphene oxide/polyimide (rGO/PI) substrate by a simple electrochemical method. The structure, surface morphology, magnetism and photoelectric property of ZnMnSe{sub 2} were examined. For comparison, ZnSe and MnSe were also prepared by electrochemical deposition. Porous structure of ZnMnSe{sub 2} was obtained, and the porous structure was consisted of nanosheets. The atomic ratio of Zn, Mn and Se was measured to be 1:1:2 by X-ray photoelectron spectra and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray Powder Diffraction pattern confirmed the preferred crystal growth orientation was the (1 1 1) direction. The absorption spectrum provided a band gap of 2.4 eV. Open-circuit potential measurement indicated that ZnMnSe{sub 2} composite film was a good p-type semiconductor material. The photoelectrical phenomena of ZnSe, MnSe and ZnMnSe{sub 2} were observed, and the optoelectronic property of ZnMnSe{sub 2} was the best, the potential difference was 0.27 V. Besides, the ZnMnSe{sub 2} composite film had prominent magnetism, and it was ferromagnetism material. These results indicated that rGO/PI–ZnMnSe{sub 2} composite film by electrochemical deposition was a promising ferromagnetism semiconductor.

  10. Effect of molecular chain length on the mechanical and thermal properties of amine-functionalized graphene oxide/polyimide composite films prepared by in situ polymerization. (United States)

    Liao, Wei-Hao; Yang, Shin-Yi; Wang, Jen-Yu; Tien, Hsi-Wen; Hsiao, Sheng-Tsung; Wang, Yu-Sheng; Li, Shin-Ming; Ma, Chen-Chi M; Wu, Yi-Fang


    This study fabricates amine (NH(2))-functionalized graphene oxide (GO)/polyimide(PI) composite films with high performance using in situ polymerization. Linear poly(oxyalkylene)amines with two different molecular weights 400 and 2000 (D400 and D2000) have been grafted onto the GO surfaces, forming two types of NH(2)-functionalized GO (D400-GO/D2000-GO). NH(2)-functionalized GO, especially D400-GO, demonstrated better reinforcing efficiency in mechanical and thermal properties. The observed property enhancement are due to large aspect ratio of GO sheets, the uniform dispersion of the GO within the PI matrix, and strong interfacial adhesion due to the chemical bonding between GO and the polymeric matrix. The Young's modulus of the composite films with 0.3 wt % D400-GO loading is 7.4 times greater than that of neat PI, and tensile strength is 240% higher than that of neat PI. Compared to neat PI, 0.3 wt % D400-GO/PI film exhibits approximately 23.96 °C increase in glass transition temperature (T(g)). The coefficient of thermal expansion below T(g) is significantly decreased from 102.6 μm/°C (neat PI) to 53.81 μm/°C (decreasing 48%) for the D400-GO/PI composites with low D400-GO content (0.1 wt %). This work not only provides a method to develop the GO-based polyimide composites with superior performances but also conceptually provides a chance to modulate the interfacial interaction between GO and the polymer through designing the chain length of grafting molecules on NH(2)-functionalized GO.

  11. Elastomer-Modified Polyimides (United States)

    Fohlen, G. M.; Parker, J.; Varma, I. K.


    New resins yield laminates with improved mechanical properties. Ingredients of Modified Polymer include bisimide of formula 1 and amine-terminated elastomer. Cure effected by heating to temperature suited to particular ingredients used, generally in range of 200 degrees to 300 degrees C. Solution of solvent and reactants used for fabricating fiber-reinforced structures or as adhesive.

  12. Rapid estimation of readily leachable triazine residues in soils using automatic kinetic bioaccessibility assays followed by on-line sorptive clean-up as a front-end to liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Vida, Ana C F; Cocovi-Solberg, David J; Zagatto, Elias A G; Miró, Manuel


    An automatic batchwise bioaccessibility test was proposed for on-line monitoring of readily mobile pools of ametryn and atrazine residues in agricultural soils with different physicochemical properties. A 0.01molL(-1) CaCl2 solution mimicking rainwater percolation through the soil profiles was used for the herbicide extractions. The extract aliquots were successively sampled at regular time intervals in order to investigate the extraction kinetics. For extract clean-up and retention of freely dissolved target species, 30mg of restricted-access like copolymer were used as in-line sorptive material followed by elution with methanol and on-line heart-cut injection towards a C18 silica reversed-phase monolithic column (100×4.6mm) in a liquid chromatographic system. A mathematical model emphasized that the readily available pools vs time can be in most instances described by a first-order exponential equation, thus an asymptotical value is approached. Consequently, the leaching assays can be performed without attaining chemical equilibrium. Enhancement factors and detection limits were 10.2 and 18.8, and 0.40 and 0.37mgkg(-1) for ametryn and atrazine, respectively. The automatic method features good repeatability for leaching tests (r.s.d.: 11.8-10.2% for sandy and 3.7-6.2% for clayey soil). Reliable data, demonstrated with relative recoveries in the soil leachates ranging from 86 to 104%, were achieved in less than 35min, thus avoiding the need for up to 24h as recommended by standard leaching methods. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. The development of autoclave processable, thermally stable adhesives for titanium alloy and graphite composite structures (United States)

    Vaughan, R. W.; Jones, R. J.


    The A-type polyimide adhesive resin P11B was modified by use of mixed diamines (thio-dianiline and meta phenylene diamine) which provided the desired autoclave processability. This new resin was termed P11BA. It was shown that copolymeric blends of P11BA and Amoco AI-1137 amide-imide resin provided improved adhesive properties when autoclave processed over the properties obtained previously by press bonding with P11B based copolymeric blended adhesives. Properties of bonded assemblies are presented for long-term aging at both elevated and low temperatures, and also stress-rupture tests at elevated temperature.

  14. Unleashing Operational Process Mining (Dagstuhl Seminar 13481)


    Accorsi, Rafael; Damiani, Ernesto; van der Aalst, Wil


    This report documents the program and the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 13481 "Unleashing Operational Process Mining". Process mining is a young research discipline connecting computational intelligence and data mining on the one hand and process modeling and analysis on the other hand. The goal of process mining is to discover, monitor, diagnose and improve real processes by extracting knowledge from event logs readily available in today's information systems. Process mining bridges the gap b...

  15. Fabrication of a Flexible Amperometric Glucose Sensor Using Additive Processes (United States)

    Du, Xiaosong; Durgan, Christopher J.; Matthews, David J.; Motley, Joshua R.; Tan, Xuebin; Pholsena, Kovit; Árnadóttir, Líney; Castle, Jessica R.; Jacobs, Peter G.; Cargill, Robert S.; Ward, W. Kenneth; Conley, John F.; Herman, Gregory S.


    This study details the use of printing and other additive processes to fabricate a novel amperometric glucose sensor. The sensor was fabricated using a Au coated 12.7 μm thick polyimide substrate as a starting material, where micro-contact printing, electrochemical plating, chloridization, electrohydrodynamic jet (e-jet) printing, and spin coating were used to pattern, deposit, chloridize, print, and coat functional materials, respectively. We have found that e-jet printing was effective for the deposition and patterning of glucose oxidase inks with lateral feature sizes between ~5 to 1000 μm in width, and that the glucose oxidase was still active after printing. The thickness of the permselective layer was optimized to obtain a linear response for glucose concentrations up to 32 mM and no response to acetaminophen, a common interfering compound, was observed. The use of such thin polyimide substrates allow wrapping of the sensors around catheters with high radius of curvature ~250 μm, where additive and microfabrication methods may allow significant cost reductions. PMID:26634186

  16. A Risk Management Process for Consumers

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    van Cleeff, A.


    Simply by using information technology, consumers expose themselves to considerable security risks. Because no technical or legal solutions are readily available, the only remedy is to develop a risk management process for consumers, similar to the process executed by enterprises. Consumers need to

  17. Ion - beam assisted process in the physical deposition of organic thin layers

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    Dimov, D; Spassova, E; Assa, J; Danev, G [Acad. J .Malinowski Central Laboratory of Photoprocesses, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl.109, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Georgiev, A, E-mail: dean@clf.bas.b [University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, 8 Kl. Ohridski Blvd., 1756 Sofia (Bulgaria)


    A novel method was developed for physical deposition of thin polyimide layers by applying an argon plasma assisted process. The influence was investigated of the plasma on the combined molecular flux of the two thermally evaporated precursors - oxydianiline and pyromellitic dianhydride. The effects observed on the properties of the deposited films are explained with the increased energy of the precursor molecules resulting from the ion-molecular collisions. As could be expected, molecules with higher energy possess higher mobility and thus determine the modification of the films structure and their electrical properties.

  18. Efficacy of a Web-Based Guided Recommendation Service for a Curated List of Readily Available Mental Health and Well-Being Mobile Apps for Young People: Randomized Controlled Trial. (United States)

    Bidargaddi, Niranjan; Musiat, Peter; Winsall, Megan; Vogl, Gillian; Blake, Victoria; Quinn, Stephen; Orlowski, Simone; Antezana, Gaston; Schrader, Geoffrey


    Mental disorders are highly prevalent for the people who are aged between 16 and 25 years and can permanently disrupt the development of these individuals. Easily available mobile health (mHealth) apps for mobile phones have great potential for the prevention and early intervention of mental disorders in young adults, but interventions are required that can help individuals to both identify high-quality mobile apps and use them to change health and lifestyle behavior. The study aimed to assess the efficacy of a Web-based self-guided app recommendation service ("The Toolbox") in improving the well-being of young Australians aged between 16 and 25 years. The intervention was developed in collaboration with young adults and consists of a curated list of 46 readily available health and well-being apps, assessed and rated by professionals and young people. Participants are guided by an interactive quiz and subsequently receive recommendations for particular apps to download and use based on their personal goals. The study was a waitlist, parallel-arm, randomized controlled trial. Our primary outcome measure was change in well-being as measured by the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF). We also employed ecological momentary assessments (EMAs) to track mood, energy, rest, and sleep. Participants were recruited from the general Australian population, via several Web-based and community strategies. The study was conducted through a Web-based platform consisting of a landing Web page and capabilities to administer study measures at different time points. Web-based measurements were self-assessed at baseline and 4 weeks, and EMAs were collected repeatedly at regular weekly intervals or ad hoc when participants interacted with the study platform. Primary outcomes were analyzed using linear mixed-models and intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis. A total of 387 participants completed baseline scores and were randomized into the trial. Results demonstrated no significant

  19. Efficacy of a Web-Based Guided Recommendation Service for a Curated List of Readily Available Mental Health and Well-Being Mobile Apps for Young People: Randomized Controlled Trial (United States)

    Musiat, Peter; Winsall, Megan; Vogl, Gillian; Blake, Victoria; Quinn, Stephen; Orlowski, Simone; Antezana, Gaston; Schrader, Geoffrey


    Background Mental disorders are highly prevalent for the people who are aged between 16 and 25 years and can permanently disrupt the development of these individuals. Easily available mobile health (mHealth) apps for mobile phones have great potential for the prevention and early intervention of mental disorders in young adults, but interventions are required that can help individuals to both identify high-quality mobile apps and use them to change health and lifestyle behavior. Objectives The study aimed to assess the efficacy of a Web-based self-guided app recommendation service (“The Toolbox”) in improving the well-being of young Australians aged between 16 and 25 years. The intervention was developed in collaboration with young adults and consists of a curated list of 46 readily available health and well-being apps, assessed and rated by professionals and young people. Participants are guided by an interactive quiz and subsequently receive recommendations for particular apps to download and use based on their personal goals. Methods The study was a waitlist, parallel-arm, randomized controlled trial. Our primary outcome measure was change in well-being as measured by the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF). We also employed ecological momentary assessments (EMAs) to track mood, energy, rest, and sleep. Participants were recruited from the general Australian population, via several Web-based and community strategies. The study was conducted through a Web-based platform consisting of a landing Web page and capabilities to administer study measures at different time points. Web-based measurements were self-assessed at baseline and 4 weeks, and EMAs were collected repeatedly at regular weekly intervals or ad hoc when participants interacted with the study platform. Primary outcomes were analyzed using linear mixed-models and intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis. Results A total of 387 participants completed baseline scores and were randomized into the

  20. Advanced anticorrosive coatings prepared from electroactive polyimide/graphene nanocomposites with synergistic effects of redox catalytic capability and gas barrier properties

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    J. M. Yeh


    Full Text Available In this study, electroactive polyimide (EPI/graphene nanocomposite (EPGN coatings were prepared by thermal imidization and then characterized by Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR and transmission electron microscope (TEM. The redox behavior of the as-prepared EPGN materials was identified by in situ monitoring for cyclic voltammetry (CV studies. Demonstrating that EPGN coatings provided advanced corrosion protection of cold-rolled steel (CRS electrodes as compared to that of neat EPI coating. The superior corrosion protection of EPGN coatings over EPI coatings on CRS electrodes could be explained by the following two reasons. First, the redox catalytic capabilities of amino-capped aniline trimer (ACAT units existing in the EPGN may induce the formation of passive metal oxide layers on the CRS electrode, as indicated by scanning electron microscope (SEM and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA studies. Moreover, the well-dispersed carboxyl-graphene nanosheets embedded in the EPGN matrix hinder gas migration exponentially. This would explain enhanced oxygen barrier properties of EPGN, as indicated by gas permeability analysis (GPA studies.

  1. Facile Synthesis of a Hydroxyl-Functionalized Tröger’s Base Diamine: A New Building Block for High-Performance Polyimide Gas Separation Membranes

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    Ma, Xiaohua


    Two intrinsically microporous polyimides (PIM-PIs) were synthesized by the polycondensation reaction of 4,4′-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride (6FDA) and 3,3,3′,3′-tetramethylspirobisindane-6,7,6′,7′-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (SBI) with a newly designed o-hydroxyl-functionalized Tröger’s base diamine, 1,7-diamino-6H,12H-5,11-methanodibenzo[1,5]diazocine-2,8-diol (HTB). Both amorphous PIM-PIs were soluble in aprotic solvents and showed excellent thermal stability with onset decomposition temperature of ∼380 °C. SBI-HTB displayed a higher CO2 permeability (466 vs 67 barrer) than 6FDA-HTB but a significantly lower selectivity for CO2/CH4 (29 vs 73), H2/CH4 (29 vs 181), O2/N2 (4.6 vs 6.0), and N2/CH4 (1 vs 2.5). 6FDA-HTB displayed the highest gas-pair permselectivity values of all reported OH-functionalized PIM-PIs to date. The high permselectivity of 6FDA-HTB resulted primarily from exceptional diffusion selectivity due to strong size-sieving properties caused by hydrogen bonding between the proton of the hydroxyl group and the nitrogen atoms in the tertiary amine of the Tröger’s base (O–H···N).

  2. Role of intrachain rigidity in the plasticization of intrinsically microporous triptycene-based polyimide membranes in mixed-Gas CO2/CH4 separations

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    Swaidan, Raja


    Based on high-pressure pure- and mixed-gas (50:50) CO2/CH4 separation properties of two intrinsically microporous triptycene-based polyimides (TPDA-TMPD and TPDA-6FpDA), the intrachain rigidity central to "conventional PIM" design principles is not a singular solution to intrinsic plasticization resistance. Despite the significant intrachain rigidity in TPDA-TMPD, a 300% increase in PMIX(CH4), 50% decrease in α(CO2/CH4) from 24 to 12, and continuous increase in PMIX(CO2) occurred from 4 to 30 bar. On the other hand, the more flexible and densely packed TPDA-6FpDA exhibited a slight upturn in PMIX(CO2) at 20 bar similar to a dense cellulose acetate (CA) film, also reported here, despite a 4-fold higher CO2 sorption capacity. Microstructural investigations suggest that the interconnected O2- and H2-sieving ultramicroporosity of TPDA-TMPD is more sensitive to slight CO2-induced dilations and is the physical basis for a more extensive and accelerated plasticization. Interchain rigidity, potentially by interchain interactions, is emphasized and may be facilitated by intrachain mobility.

  3. Investigation of the Structural, Electrical, and Optical Properties of the Nano-Scale GZO Thin Films on Glass and Flexible Polyimide Substrates

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    Fang-Hsing Wang


    Full Text Available In this study, Ga2O3-doped ZnO (GZO thin films were deposited on glass and flexible polyimide (PI substrates at room temperature (300 K, 373 K, and 473 K by the radio frequency (RF magnetron sputtering method. After finding the deposition rate, all the GZO thin films with a nano-scale thickness of about 150 ± 10 nm were controlled by the deposition time. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the GZO thin films were not amorphous and all exhibited the (002 peak, and field emission scanning electron microscopy showed that only nano-scale particles were observed. The dependences of the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the GZO thin films on different deposition temperatures and substrates were investigated. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS was used to measure the elemental composition at the chemical and electronic states of the GZO thin films deposited on different substrates, which could be used to clarify the mechanism of difference in electrical properties of the GZO thin films. In this study, the XPS binding energy spectra of Ga2p3/2 and Ga2p1/2 peaks, Zn2p3/2 and Zn2p1/2 peaks, the Ga3d peak, and O1s peaks for GZO thin films on glass and PI substrates were well compared.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Organosoluble, Thermal Stable and Hydrophobic Polyimides Derived from 4-(4-(1-pyrrolidinylphenyl-2,6-bis(4-(4-aminophenoxyphenylpyridine

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    Xiaohua Huang


    Full Text Available A novel aromatic diamine monomer, 4-(4-(1-pyrrolidinylphenyl-2,6-bis(4-(4-aminophenoxyphenylpyridine (PPAPP containing pyridine rings, pyrrolidine groups, and ether linkages, was successfully synthesized using 4-hydroxyacetophenone and 1-chloro-4-nitrobenzene as starting materials by three-step reactions, and then used to synthesize a series of polyimides by polycondensation with various aromatic dianhydrides via a two-step method. The structure of PPAPP was characterized by NMR, FT-IR, and mass spectrometry analysis methods. These polymers showed good solubility in common organic solvents (e.g., NMP, DMF, DMSO, and DMAc at room temperature or on heating. Moreover, they presented a high thermal stability with the glass transition temperature (Tgs exceeding 316 °C, as well as the temperature of 10% weight loss ranged from 552–580 °C with more than 67% residue at 800 °C under nitrogen. Furthermore, they also exhibited excellent hydrophobicity with a contact angle in the range of 85.6°–97.7°, and the results of Wide-Angle X-ray Diffraction (WAXD indicated that all of the polymers revealed an amorphous structure.

  5. Polarization-maintaining reflection-mode THz time-domain spectroscopy of a polyimide based ultra-thin narrow-band metamaterial absorber. (United States)

    Astorino, Maria Denise; Fastampa, Renato; Frezza, Fabrizio; Maiolo, Luca; Marrani, Marco; Missori, Mauro; Muzi, Marco; Tedeschi, Nicola; Veroli, Andrea


    This paper reports the design, the microfabrication and the experimental characterization of an ultra-thin narrow-band metamaterial absorber at terahertz frequencies. The metamaterial device is composed of a highly flexible polyimide spacer included between a top electric ring resonator with a four-fold rotational symmetry and a bottom ground plane that avoids misalignment problems. Its performance has been experimentally demonstrated by a custom polarization-maintaining reflection-mode terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system properly designed in order to reach a collimated configuration of the terahertz beam. The dependence of the spectral characteristics of this metamaterial absorber has been evaluated on the azimuthal angle under oblique incidence. The obtained absorbance levels are comprised between 67% and 74% at 1.092 THz and the polarization insensitivity has been verified in transverse electric polarization. This offers potential prospects in terahertz imaging, in terahertz stealth technology, in substance identification, and in non-planar applications. The proposed compact experimental set-up can be applied to investigate arbitrary polarization-sensitive terahertz devices under oblique incidence, allowing for a wide reproducibility of the measurements.

  6. Efficiency enhancement of flexible Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells deposited on polyimide-coated soda lime glass substrate by alkali treatment (United States)

    Sadono, Adiyudha; Ogihara, Tomohiro; Hino, Masashi; Yamamoto, Kenji; Nakada, Kazuyoshi; Yamada, Akira


    Alkali treatment effects on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells deposited on polyimide-coated soda lime glass (PI-coated SLG) were investigated. CIGS on PI-coated SLG shows Na diffusion from the substrate, which should be controlled to obtain high efficiencies. Further incorporation of Na was achieved by enhancing diffusion from the substrate or by external incorporation using post-deposition treatment (PDT) methods. Both methods lead to a high efficiency of approximately 15%. Moreover, aside from Na, K was also incorporated by KF-PDT, resulting in efficiency improvement from 12% for an untreated CIGS to more than 18% at the maximum substrate temperature of 450 °C, which is comparable to CIGS deposited at higher temperatures using the same equipment. It was also found that the alkali concentration of CIGS deposited on PI-coated SLG shows almost the same behavior as that of a film deposited on a rigid glass, suggesting that the deposition technique for CIGS on the rigid glass can be applied to flexible substrates.

  7. Diffusion and molecular interactions in a methanol/polyimide system probed by coupling time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy with gravimetric measurements. (United States)

    Musto, Pellegrino; Galizia, Michele; La Manna, Pietro; Pannico, Marianna; Mensitieri, Giuseppe


    In this contribution the diffusion of methanol in a commercial polyimide (PMDA-ODA) is studied by coupling gravimetric measurements with in-situ, time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy. The spectroscopic data have been treated with two complementary techniques, i.e., difference spectroscopy (DS) and least-squares curve fitting (LSCF). These approaches provided information about the overall diffusivity, the nature of the molecular interactions among the system components and the dynamics of the various molecular species. Additional spectroscopic measurements on thin film samples (about 2 μm) allowed us to identify the interaction site on the polymer backbone and to propose likely structures for the H-bonding aggregates. Molar absorptivity values from a previous literature report allowed us to estimate the population of first-shell and second-shell layers of methanol in the polymer matrix. In terms of diffusion kinetics, the gravimetric and spectroscopic estimates of the diffusion coefficients were found to be in good agreement with each other and with previous literature reports. A Fickian behavior was observed throughout, with diffusivity values markedly affected by the total concentration of sorbed methanol.

  8. Microstructure, Tensile Adhesion Strength and Thermal Shock Resistance of TBCs with Different Flame-Sprayed Bond Coat Materials Onto BMI Polyimide Matrix Composite (United States)

    Abedi, H. R.; Salehi, M.; Shafyei, A.


    In this study, thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) composed of different bond coats (Zn, Al, Cu-8Al and Cu-6Sn) with mullite top coats were flame-sprayed and air-plasma-sprayed, respectively, onto bismaleimide matrix composites. These polyimide matrix composites are of interest to replace PMR-15, due to concerns about the toxicity of the MDA monomer from which PMR-15 is made. The results showed that pores and cracks appeared at the bond coat/substrate interface for the Al-bonded TBC because of its high thermal conductivity and diffusivity resulting in transferring of high heat flux and temperature to the polymeric substrate during top coat deposition. The other TBC systems due to the lower conductivity and diffusivity of bonding layers could decrease the adverse thermal effect on the polymer substrate during top coat deposition and exhibited adhesive bond coat/substrate interfaces. The tensile adhesion test showed that the adhesion strength of the coatings to the substrate is inversely proportional to the level of residual stress in the coatings. However, the adhesion strength of Al bond-coated sample decreased strongly after mullite top coat deposition due to thermal damage at the bond coat/substrate interface. TBC system with the Cu-6Sn bond coat exhibited the best thermal shock resistance, while Al-bonded TBC showed the lowest. It was inferred that thermal mismatch stresses and oxidation of the bond coats were the main factors causing failure in the thermal shock test.

  9. Study on performances of colorless and transparent shape memory polyimide film in space thermal cycling, atomic oxygen and ultraviolet irradiation environments (United States)

    Gao, Hui; Lan, Xin; Liu, Liwu; Xiao, Xinli; Liu, Yanju; Leng, Jinsong


    Shape memory polymers with high glass transition temperature (HSMPs) and HSMP-based deployable structures and devices, which can bear harsh operation conditions for durable applications, have attracted more and more interest in recent years. In this article, colorless and transparent shape memory polyimide (SMCTPI) films were subjected to simulated vacuum thermal cycling, atomic oxygen (AO) and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation environments up to 600 h, 556 h and 600 h for accelerated irradiation. The glass transition temperature (T g) determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) had no obvious changes after being irradiated by varying amounts of thermal cycling, AO and UV irradiation dose. After being irradiated by 50 thermal cycles, 10 × 1021 atoms cm-2 AO irradiation and 3000 ESH UV irradiation, shape recovery behaviors of SMCTPI films also had no obvious damage even if they experienced 30 shape memory cycles, while the surface morphologies and optical properties were seriously destroyed by AO irradiation, as compared with thermal cycling and UV irradiation. The tensile strength could separately maintain 122 MPa, 120 MPa and 70 MPa after 50 thermal cycles, 10 × 1021 atoms cm-2 AO irradiation and 3000 ESH UV irradiation, which shows great potential for use in aerospace structures and devices.

  10. Enhanced energy density and thermostability in polyimide nanocomposites containing core-shell structured BaTiO3@SiO2 nanofibers (United States)

    Wang, Junchuan; Long, Yunchen; Sun, Ying; Zhang, Xueqin; Yang, Hong; Lin, Baoping


    High energy density polymer nanocomposites with high-temperature resistance are quite desirable for film capacitors and many other power electronics. In this study, polyimide-based (PI) nanocomposite films containing the core-shell structured barium titanate@silicon dioxide (BT@SiO2) nanofibers have been successfully synthesized by the solution casting method. In the BT@SiO2/PI nanocomposite films, the dielectric permittivity as well as the breakdown strength increase significantly. The SiO2 shell layers with moderate dielectric permittivity could effectively mitigate the local field concentration induced by the large mismatch between the dielectric permittivity of BT and PI, which contributes to the enhancement of the breakdown strength of the PI nanocomposite films. As a result, the PI nanocomposite film filled with 3 vol% BT@SiO2 nanofibers exhibits a maximal energy density of 2.31 J cm-3 under the field of 346 kV/mm, which is 62% over the pristine PI (1.42 J cm-3 at 308 kV/mm) and about 200% greater than the best commercial polymer, i.e. biaxially oriented polypropylenes (BOPP) (≈1.2 J cm-3). The thermogravimetric analysis results indicate that the BT@SiO2/PI nanocomposite films have good thermal stability below 500 °C.

  11. Depolarization current relaxation process of insulating dielectrics after corona poling under different charging conditions

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    J. W. Zhang


    Full Text Available As an insulating dielectric, polyimide is favorable for the application of optoelectronics, electrical insulation system in electric power industry, insulating, and packaging materials in space aircraft, due to its excellent thermal, mechanical and electrical insulating stability. The charge storage profile of such insulating dielectric is utmost important to its application, when it is exposed to electron irradiation, high voltage corona discharge or other treatments. These treatments could induce changes in physical and chemical properties of treated samples. To investigate the charge storage mechanism of the insulating dielectrics after high-voltage corona discharge, the relaxation processes responsible for corona charged polyimide films under different poling conditions were analyzed by the Thermally Stimulated Discharge Currents method (TSDC. In the results of thermal relaxation process, the appearance of various peaks in TSDC spectra provided a deep insight into the molecular status in the dielectric material and reflected stored space charge relaxation process in the insulating polymers after corona discharge treatments. Furthermore, the different space charge distribution status under various poling temperature and different discharge voltage level were also investigated, which could partly reflect the influence of the ambiance condition on the functional dielectrics after corona poling.

  12. Depolarization current relaxation process of insulating dielectrics after corona poling under different charging conditions (United States)

    Zhang, J. W.; Zhou, T. C.; Wang, J. X.; Yang, X. F.; Zhu, F.; Tian, L. M.; Liu, R. T.


    As an insulating dielectric, polyimide is favorable for the application of optoelectronics, electrical insulation system in electric power industry, insulating, and packaging materials in space aircraft, due to its excellent thermal, mechanical and electrical insulating stability. The charge storage profile of such insulating dielectric is utmost important to its application, when it is exposed to electron irradiation, high voltage corona discharge or other treatments. These treatments could induce changes in physical and chemical properties of treated samples. To investigate the charge storage mechanism of the insulating dielectrics after high-voltage corona discharge, the relaxation processes responsible for corona charged polyimide films under different poling conditions were analyzed by the Thermally Stimulated Discharge Currents method (TSDC). In the results of thermal relaxation process, the appearance of various peaks in TSDC spectra provided a deep insight into the molecular status in the dielectric material and reflected stored space charge relaxation process in the insulating polymers after corona discharge treatments. Furthermore, the different space charge distribution status under various poling temperature and different discharge voltage level were also investigated, which could partly reflect the influence of the ambiance condition on the functional dielectrics after corona poling.

  13. Effect of temperature on the optical poling process in a side-chain polymer system (United States)

    Liu, Xuchun; Xu, Gang; Si, Jinhai; Ye, Peixian; Li, Zhao; Shen, Yuquan


    An improvement to the Fiorini and Nuzi's theory for all-optical poling is proposed. The influence of cis is taken into account in the photoinduced process. An analytical expression for the dynamic optical poling process is derived. Contrary to Fiorini and Nuzi's theory which is based on unique process, three processes exist in the time evolution of the photoinduced second-order susceptibility χ(2) during the optical poling: two of which are fast and the other one which is slow. Furthermore we discuss the influence of temperature on the poling process in a side-chain polymer system with a high glass transition temperature. It is predicted that the two fast processes will become even faster and their relative contribution to the magnitude of χ(2) will decrease with the increase of temperature. The prediction is verified by our experiment with disperse red 19-functionalized polyimide polymer.

  14. A review of high-temperature adhesives (United States)

    St.clair, A. K.; St.clair, T. L.


    The development of high temperature adhesives and polyphenylquinoxalines (PPQ) is reported. Thermoplastic polyimides and linear PPQ adhesive are shown to have potential for bonding both metals and composite structures. A nadic terminated addition polyimide adhesive, LARC-13, and an acetylene terminated phenylquinoxaline (ATPQ) were developed. Both of the addition type adhesives are shown to be more readily processable than linear materials but less thermooxidatively stable and more brittle. It is found that the addition type adhesives are able to perform, at elevated temperatures up to 595 C where linear systems fail thermoplastically.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of a microporous 6FDA-polyimide made from a novel carbocyclic pseudo Tröger's base diamine: Effect of bicyclic bridge on gas transport properties

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    Abdulhamid, Mahmoud A.


    A newly designed carbocyclic pseudo Tröger\\'s base diamine (CTB) monomer, 2,8-dimethyl-3,9-diamino-5,6,11,12-tetrahydro-5,11-methanodibenzo[a,e][8]annulene (CTBDA) and its isomeric analogue 2,8-dimethyl-(1,7)(4,10)(3,9)-diamino-5,6,11,12-tetrahydro-5,11-methanodibenzo[a,e][8]annulene (iCTBDA), were designed for the synthesis of microporous 6FDA-based polyimides (6FDA-CTBDA and 6FDA-iCTBDA). Both polyimides were soluble, exhibited excellent thermal stability of ∼490 °C, and had high surface areas of 587 m2 g−1 (6FDA-CTBDA) and 562 m2 g−1 (6FDA-iCTBDA). A 6FDA-based polyimide derived from 4,10-dimethyl-3,9-diamino-6H,12H-5,11-methanodibenzo[b,f][1,5]-diazocine (6FDA-TBDA) was made for comparison to investigate the effects of the basic tertiary nitrogen functionality in the Tröger\\'s base diamine on the polymer properties relative to the carbocyclic 6FDA-CTBDA analogue. 6FDA-TBDA displayed lower gas permeabilities but moderately higher gas-pair permselectivities than 6FDA-CTBDA. The enhanced permselectivity of 6FDA-TBDA resulted exclusively from higher diffusion-based selectivity. Direct gas sorption measurements demonstrated that the basicity in the Tröger\\'s base bridge moiety enhanced the sorption capacity of CO2 only slightly and had no effect on the CO2/CH4 solubility selectivity in 6FDA-TBDA vs. 6FDA-CTBDA.


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  17. Task-specific visual cues for improving process model understanding

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    Petrusel, Razvan; Mendling, Jan; Reijers, Hajo A.


    Context Business process models support various stakeholders in managing business processes and designing process-aware information systems. In order to make effective use of these models, they have to be readily understandable. Objective Prior research has emphasized the potential of visual cues to

  18. Processing of real and implied motion

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    Lorteije, J.A.M.


    Processing of real and implied motion We readily recognize whether an animal, person or object within a photograph was moving or standing motionless at the moment the photograph was taken. Photographers, painters, sculptures and cartoonist can successfully convey motion information, even though

  19. Selective CO2 Sequestration with Monolithic Bimodal Micro/Macroporous Carbon Aerogels Derived from Stepwise Pyrolytic Decomposition of Polyamide-Polyimide-Polyurea Random Copolymers. (United States)

    Saeed, Adnan M; Rewatkar, Parwani M; Majedi Far, Hojat; Taghvaee, Tahereh; Donthula, Suraj; Mandal, Chandana; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Leventis, Nicholas


    Polymeric aerogels (PA-xx) were synthesized via room-temperature reaction of an aromatic triisocyanate (tris(4-isocyanatophenyl) methane) with pyromellitic acid. Using solid-state CPMAS (13)C and (15)N NMR, it was found that the skeletal framework of PA-xx was a statistical copolymer of polyamide, polyurea, polyimide, and of the primary condensation product of the two reactants, a carbamic-anhydride adduct. Stepwise pyrolytic decomposition of those components yielded carbon aerogels with both open and closed microporosity. The open micropore surface area increased from CO2 opened access to the closed pores and the micropore area increased by almost 4× to 1150 m(2) g(-1) (out of 1750 m(2) g(-1) of a total BET surface area). At 0 °C, etched carbon aerogels demonstrated a good balance of adsorption capacity for CO2 (up to 4.9 mmol g(-1)), and selectivity toward other gases (via Henry's law). The selectivity for CO2 versus H2 (up to 928:1) is suitable for precombustion fuel purification. Relevant to postcombustion CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS), the selectivity for CO2 versus N2 was in the 17:1 to 31:1 range. In addition to typical factors involved in gas sorption (kinetic diameters, quadrupole moments and polarizabilities of the adsorbates), it is also suggested that CO2 is preferentially engaged by surface pyridinic and pyridonic N on carbon (identified with XPS) in an energy-neutral surface reaction. Relatively high uptake of CH4 (2.16 mmol g(-1) at 0 °C/1 bar) was attributed to its low polarizability, and that finding paves the way for further studies on adsorption of higher (i.e., more polarizable) hydrocarbons. Overall, high CO2 selectivities, in combination with attractive CO2 adsorption capacities, low monomer cost, and the innate physicochemical stability of carbon render the materials of this study reasonable candidates for further practical consideration.

  20. Reactive Molecular Simulation of the Damage Mitigation Efficacy of POSS-, Graphene-, and Carbon Nanotube-Loaded Polyimide Coatings Exposed to Atomic Oxygen Bombardment. (United States)

    Rahmani, Farzin; Nouranian, Sasan; Li, Xiaobing; Al-Ostaz, Ahmed


    Reactive molecular dynamics simulation was employed to compare the damage mitigation efficacy of pristine and polyimide (PI)-grafted polyoctahedral silsesquioxane (POSS), graphene (Gr), and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a PI matrix exposed to atomic oxygen (AO) bombardment. The concentration of POSS and the orientation of Gr and CNT nanoparticles were further investigated. Overall, the mass loss, erosion yield, surface damage, AO penetration depth, and temperature evolution are lower for the PI systems with randomly oriented CNTs and Gr or PI-grafted POSS compared to those of the pristine POSS or aligned CNT and Gr systems at the same nanoparticle concentration. On the basis of experimental early degradation data (before the onset of nanoparticle damage), the amount of exposed PI, which has the highest erosion yield of all material components, on the material surface is the most important parameter affecting the erosion yield of the hybrid material. Our data indicate that the PI systems with randomly oriented Gr and CNT nanoparticles have the lowest amount of exposed PI on the material surface; therefore, a lower erosion yield is obtained for these systems compared to that of the PI systems with aligned Gr and CNT nanoparticles. However, the PI/grafted-POSS system has a significantly lower erosion yield than that of the PI systems with aligned Gr and CNT nanoparticles, again due to a lower amount of exposed PI on the surface. When comparing the PI systems loaded with PI-grafted POSS versus pristine POSS at low and high nanoparticle concentrations, our data indicate that grafting the POSS and increasing the POSS concentration lower the erosion yield by a factor of about 4 and 1.5, respectively. The former is attributed to a better dispersion of PI-grafted POSS versus that of the pristine POSS in the PI matrix, as determined by the radial distribution function.